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Absorption From the Intestine.

Harry N. Hoffman II, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(1):150-151. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870010152022.
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Considering both the current level of performance and the volume of present day research in intestinal physiology, it is surprising that Absorption From the Intestine is only the second English-language book specifically devoted to that topic since Verzar's publication in 1925. Such a text, appearing in an era of multiple authorship, colloquia, and symposium proceedings, indicates a monumental undertaking by a single author and also imposes a difficult challenge to the reviewer.

Probably no current or recent worker in the field has actively and intimately involved himself with the entire scope and diversity of substrates and processes of absorption. Today —to name but a few—the field is peopled by biophysicists, electron microscopists, biochemists, enzymologists, physiologists, and clinical investigators, each or any of whom may be more or less exclusively preoccupied with a specific technique or method or with such facets as potential differences, brush borders, pinocytosis, fluxes, micelles, disaccharidases, amino


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