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July 1974

Postoperative Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(1):125. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360010099032

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The modern surgeon has become a practicing physiologist, particularly the general surgeon in his management of problems of the digestive system. The result of a surgical procedure is dependent on knowledge of the pathology of the process and understanding of the physiology of the organ or system involved. In the last few years, a tremendous new knowledge of the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract has been discovered and developed.

The authors are experienced and expert in the laboratory and in the operating room. They have condensed a wealth of information of gastrointestinal physiology into a well-organized, readable, small monograph, complemented with easily remembered explanatory diagrams. The major headings are "Postgastrectomy Complications," "Malfunction of the Small Intestine After Surgery," and "Disorders of Function After Colon Surgery." In a sense, the book is much more than the title connotes, because in many instances understanding the causes of the postoperative disorder determines the

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