Editorial: subgroups in irritable bowel syndrome—more than just diarrhoea and constipation?

Published on Oct 1, 2017in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics7.515
· DOI :10.1111/APT.14238
Christopher J Black13
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(University of Leeds),
Alexander C. Ford86
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(St James's University Hospital)
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