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June 7, 1965

Absorption From the Intestine

JAMA. 1965;192(10):922-923. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080230128040

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Books are written for various reasons and usually for a particular audience. Although Wiseman's Absorption From the Intestine was undoubtedly a labor of love, neither its focus nor its purpose is made clear. The author, a pioneer in the use of the everted intestinal sac technique, has made basic contributions to the study of intestinal absorption. During the four- to five-year period required to complete the book, Wiseman indicates that "over 5,000 papers on absorption or allied topics were read. Of these, 1,854 have been chosen for the reader's consideration." The 314 illustrations were obtained mainly from other publications.

This effort, coupled with the stature of Wiseman in this burgeoning field of investigation, would lead one to expect an excellent book. Although the book is attractively bound, the contents are a disappointment. A wealth of information is furnished, albeit in a poorly organized and integrated fashion. Chapters are devoted to

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