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Physiology of the Digestive Tract; an Introductory Text

Joel Shilling
JAMA. 1961;178(10):1053. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040490079025.
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This text is concisely written. The style and language are clear and to the point. Many of the examples in the book have a humorous twist, and on the whole, the presentation is excellent. The many illustrations and graphs are clear and supplement the text material extensively. The roentgenograms help the reader to easily observe the point implied, and the explanatory legends accompanying the illustrations serve as an additional aid. Throughout, the author outlines the subject in detail and ends each article with a concise summary sentence.

The text is centered around 3 main divisions, or as the author prefers to call them, "Three trips through the digestive tract." The first trip concerns motility of the tract contents, the second the secretions encountered along the way, and the third the digestion and absorption functions of the system. Mechanics, pressures, and pressure gradients are discussed in detail; digestive gland secretions and


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