Overview

Beginning with an exploration of digestion at the cellular level, this volume discusses the parts of the digestive system and how they work together and interact with other major body systems. The upper and lower gastrointestinal tract and accessory organs, such as the gall bladder and liver, are covered. The endocrine, circulatory, and lymphatic system are discussed in relation to the digestive system. The history of the research on the digestive system is presented, and the future of research in this field is ...
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The Digestive System

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Overview

Beginning with an exploration of digestion at the cellular level, this volume discusses the parts of the digestive system and how they work together and interact with other major body systems. The upper and lower gastrointestinal tract and accessory organs, such as the gall bladder and liver, are covered. The endocrine, circulatory, and lymphatic system are discussed in relation to the digestive system. The history of the research on the digestive system is presented, and the future of research in this field is considered. Basic principles of human nutrition and their relation to the digestive system are explored. Digestive system disorders, symptoms, and treatments are discussed, including colon cancer, ulcers, hepatitis, and diabetes. This reference concludes with a comprehensive glossary, recognized sources of nutritional information, and resources for further information including Web sites and contact information for organizations and national health institutions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313062537
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Series: Human Body Systems Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

MICHAEL WINDELSPECHT is Assistant Professor of Biology at Appalachian State University. He is the author of two books in Greenwood's Groundbreaking Scientific Experiments, Inventions, and Discoveries through the Ages series, author of The Digestive System, coauthor of The Lymphatic System, and editor of Greenwood's Human Body Systems series.

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Table of Contents

1 Digestion at the cellular and molecular level 1
2 The upper gastrointestinal tract : oral cavity, esophagus, and stomach 15
3 The lower gastrointestinal tract : small intestine and colon 33
4 The accessory organs 53
5 History of the digestive system : ancients to the renaissance 67
6 History of the digestive system : seventeenth to nineteenth centuries 77
7 History of the digestive system : twentieth century to the present 89
8 Diseases and ailments of the oral cavity and esophagus 101
9 Diseases and ailments of the stomach 113
10 Diseases and ailments of the small and large intestine 121
11 Diseases and ailments of the accessory glands 145
12 Cancer of the digestive system 157
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