Part 1: Recent Progress at the Laboratory Bench. Section I. Genetics and Animal Models. Section II. Epidemiology and Environmental Factors. Section III. Inflammatory Cells. Section IV. Inflammation: Effects and Consequences. Section V. Cytokines and Adhesion Molecules. Section VI. State of the Art Lecture. Part 2: Recent Progress at the Bedside. Section VII. Role for Conventional Diagnostic Techniques. Section VIII. New Developments in Diagnosis and Assessment. Section IX. Standards in Medical Treatment. Section X. Experimental Treatment. Section XI. Surgery: Controversies and Recurrence. Section XII. Treatment of Patients with Problems. Section XIII. State of the Art Lecture. Index.