This book is intended as an introduction to gastro-enterology, but it can be read with profit by those who have worked long in this field and by all who are endeavoring to solve the problems which it presents to the physiologist or to the clinician. The second edition is practically a new book, thoroughly uptodate. Its scope is much wider than that of its predecessor, which was devoted chiefly to the author's gradient theory. The practical application of modern physiologic discoveries is kept constantly in mind, and every effort is made to correlate them with the known clinical facts. Considerable attention is given to the alterations in function produced by disease or by operative procedures. Recent work on the gallbladder is carefully reviewed and attractively presented in the chapter on "The Mechanics of the Gallbladder." One of the most interesting portions to the internist is that devoted to flatulence, because
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