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February 22, 1941

Functional Diseases of the Intestines

JAMA. 1941;116(8):798. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820080138037

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This monograph consists of an expansion of a lecture before the Hunterian Society in 1938. It is chiefly a review of experimental work of the European school and of the author. In an attempt to explain the etiologic basis of the common functional intestinal disorders, it presents to the reader a summary of the pathologic physiology concerned, emphasizing chiefly neurogenic factors. The anatomic and physiologic discussion of the autonomic nervous system, together with the description of motor and secretory physiology, is hardly more than one would find in any good textbook on physiology. Topics are divided into dyspepsia, disorders of motility, diarrhea, constipation, ileus, diverticula, autointoxication and autoinfection, allergy and "neuroses." Aids to diagnosis, differential diagnosis, diet and environmental influences are also discussed. Foreign terminology and sentence structure make for some difficulty in reading. The book has a definite value for those not well acquainted with the subject.

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