A review of the literature regarding physiology and disease of the digestive tract is of particular interest at the present time. Gastrointestinal disease and disturbances of gastrointestinal function constitute one of the most important medical problems of the war, affecting both the armed forces and civilians. Because of this fact, the present review will include mention of many articles that do not contain strictly new material but which may call attention to the numerous factors influencing the behavior of the alimentary tract.
Perusal of the literature on this subject reveals more than ever the multiplicity of factors entering into properly integrated gastrointestinal function. Many of these factors are still little understood or purely hypothetic, but on the whole a much clearer understanding is apparent of the relationship between the nervous system, the glands of internal secretion and gastrointestinal function.
—An excellent general discussion of digestion and
JONES CM. GASTROENTEROLOGY: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE FROM JULY 1942 TO JULY 1943. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1944;73(1):53–108. doi:10.1001/archinte.1944.00210130061008
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