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October 5, 1907

Physiology of Alimentation.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(14):1210. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530140056026

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The great value of the recent physiologic researches on the digestive processes render a comprehensive presentation of these newly acquired facts very acceptable to the practicing physician in whose work they find numerous important applications. From his acquaintance with physical chemistry Dr. Fischer has naturally emphasized the explanations of physiologic processes on a physical basis wherever possible, but he is ever ready to admit that the known physical laws are at present insufficient to explain many of the phenomena taking place in the digestive tract. The book presents the experimental results of Cannon, Starling, Pawlow and others, and gives a very comprehensive survey of the mechanics, chemistry and bacteriology of digestion and absorption. The reversibility of the action of enzymes is fully illustrated and used in the explanation of the occurrence of fat in the lacteals after the absorption of soaps as well as to give a reason why enzymic

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