Doctor's book The Happy Bowel a hit at writers' festival

What's the perfect bowel movement? 'Prompt, effortless, brief and complete,' says Perth colorectal surgeon Dr Michael Levitt

Bowel health and happiness has proved to be one of the biggest drawcards at a recent state writers' festival, where WA Chief Medical Officer and author Dr Michael Levitt proved to a hit with readers.

A queue formed outside the venue in Perth where Dr Levitt, a colorectal surgeon, offered insights to his latest book, The Happy Bowel, during Perth Writer’s Week.

“I think there were about 150-200 people, and it was packed — eventually they just had to close the doors,” Dr Levitt tells news site WAtoday.

“I was a little surprised by the crowd though. It’s not my first book — I’ve written three books about bowels now.”

But this is probably his lightest in tone, and is focused on bowel health and function rather than illness such as cancer, colitis or Crohn’s disease.

For the audience members he had some tips on what makes a good bowel movement: “Prompt, effortless