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December 27, 1985

Physiology of the Intestinal Circulation

Author Affiliations

Ohio State University Hospital Columbus

JAMA. 1985;254(24):3484-3485. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360240098051

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Physiology of Intestinal Circulation, edited by Shephard and Granger, provides a concise and current compendium. While the coverage necessitates some degree of repetition, it is kept to an acceptable minimum. I was struck by the depth and detail of the material presented. The title might more accurately be "Physiology of the Small Intestinal Circulation," since the areas devoted to the stomach and colon (and duodenum) are brief and considerably less detailed than those involving the circulation and physiology of the small intestine.

Chapters of notable depth are those on gastrointestinal hormones, permeability characteristics, postprandial mesenteric hyperemia, and metabolic regulation of intestinal control.

The experimental models described throughout the text reemphasize the importance of careful selection of experimental animals, if any correlations with humans are to be derived. The emphasis on the dog as a poor model for studying intestinal circulatory physiology is well taken.

The pathophysiology chapters, including coverage of