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This work, consisting of 18 chapters in two volumes, comprises section 39A of the International Encylopedia of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The chapters, by well-qualified experts, review clearly and concisely the current pharmacologic concepts concerning salivary, gastric, and pancreatic secretion as well as the pharmacology of intestinal motility. Particular attention is paid to the role of histamine in gastric secretion and to the chemistry and biological actions of the intestinal hormones: gastrin, secretin, and cholecystokinin. Included are critical descriptions of methodology for the study in vivo and in vitro of substances affecting gastric acid secretion and gastrointestinal smooth muscle contraction. The individual articles are clearly written, well edited, and exceptionally well referenced.
Although these volumes will find greatest use in the hands of teachers, researchers, and students concerned with function and diseases of the digestive tract, the inquisitive clinician will also enjoy refreshing and updating his knowledge of gastrointestinal pharmacology. Daniel's
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