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April 1973

The Digestive System: An Ultrastructural Atlas and Review.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(4):612. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320100140032

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As the title indicates, this is an atlas of the ultrastructure of the digestive system. All illustrations are electron photomicrographs, including a few of the surface microanatomy obtained by the scanning electron microscope. Descriptions and physiological correlations are directed to the cellular level, rather than to the function of an entire organ.

There are five chapters. They cover, respectively, esophagus and stomach, intestine, other cell types of the intestine, accessory digestive organs, and nonepithelial components of the gastrointestinal tract. The most interesting sections are those describing the stomach and the small bowel. This is apparently the areas of the authors' own interest, but admittedly, they are also the most intrinsically active areas (as well as popular for clinical investigation and research).

Some of the accessory organs are less completely described. There is equal space commitment to the salivary glands as to the liver! This book is essentially a discussion of

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