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The editors of this book intended to write summaries of the major issues with regard to current knowledge in gastrointestinal endocrinology and to integrate this material into a proposal for a program project to be funded by the National Institutes of Health. The course of this work produced such extensive material that the leaders of the research effort, most of whom are in the Department of Surgery at the Galveston Branch of the University of Texas, decided to formulate a book, the results of which are the present effort.
In fact, what we have is a compendium of much of the research efforts to have come from the surgical laboratories of the authors. In this regard, many of the chapters have authoritative detail. Others, such as the chapters in the "Methods" section, are essentially manuals regarding procedures carried out in the laboratories of these investigators.
Most of the chapters are
Falchuk ZM. Gastrointestinal Endocrinology. JAMA. 1987;258(9):1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400090131059