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This highly informative monograph offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary reference for the management and treatment of the whole spectrum of painful tears in the anus and anal canal. Based upon a systematic review of all relevant papers on the topic starting from 1865, the book deals with the primary anal fissure, acute and chronic - with a new definition of the latter one provided -, and the secondary anal fissure in every detail, particularly its medical history, etiology, signs and symptoms, medical findings, therapy and its evaluation, differential diagnosis. It also covers all available evidence based therapeutic strategies. This book will appeal to a wide readership, from proctologists and surgeons through gynecologists, to urologists, dermatologists and gastroenterologists.