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Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology: The Essentials

John F. Reinus (Editor), Douglas Simon (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-83305-6
200 pages
March 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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Gastroenterologists require detailed knowledge regarding the anatomy of the GI system in order to understand the disturbances caused by diseases they diagnose and treat. 

Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology will bring together the world’s leading names to present a comprehensive overview of the anatomical and physiological features of the gastrointestinal tract. 

Full colour and with excellent anatomical and clinical figures throughout, it will provide succinct, authoritative and didactic anatomic and physiologic information on all the key areas, including GI motility, hepatic structure, GI hormones, gastric secretion and absorption of nutrients. 

GI trainees will enjoy the self-assessment MCQs, written to the level they will encounter during their Board exams, and the seasoned gastroenterologist will value it as a handy reference book and refresher for re-certification exams
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Table of Contents

Contributors, vi

Preface, ix

About the companion website, x

1 Structure and innervation of hollow viscera, 1
Laura D. Wood & Elizabeth A. Montgomery

2 Gastrointestinal hormones in the regulation of gut function in health and disease, 15
John Del Valle

3 Gastrointestinal motility, 33
Ikuo Hirano & Darren Brenner

4 Gastrointestinal immunology and ecology, 46
Shehzad Z. Sheikh & Scott E. Plevy

5 Gastric physiology, 58
Mitchell L. Schubert

6 Structure and function of the exocrine pancreas, 78
James H. Grendell

7 Absorption and secretion of fluid and electrolytes, 92
Lawrence R. Schiller

8 Absorption of nutrients, 108
Lawrence R. Schiller

9 Hepatic structure and function, 129
Michelle T. Long & Lawrence S. Friedman

10 The splanchnic circulation, 149
Peter R. Kvietys & D. Neil Granger

11 Composition and circulation of the bile, 164
Allan W. Wolkoff

12 Bilirubin metabolism, 173
Allan W. Wolkoff

Index, 183

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Author Information

Edited by
John F. Reinus,MD,
Montefiore Medical Center and The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, USA

Douglas Simon,MD,
Jacobi Medical Center and The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, US

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“This is an outstanding, succinct paperback text of the normal physiology of the digestive system written by an authoritative team of experts that is likely to become the standard reading for introductory courses to digestive system physiology. It is also a quick read for practicing gastroenterologists, surgeons, or internists who appreciate the value of understanding the cutting edge of physiologic principles of our field.”  (Gastroenterology, 1 June 2015) 

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