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The Large Intestine: Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Disease

      During the past 2 decades, the colon, rectum, and anal canal, the three components of the large intestine, have been intensely scrutinized by numerous disciplines. Thus, motor function and epithelial transport, ramifications of intraluminal bacterial fermentation, carcinogenesis, and mediators of chronic inflammation in this organ are now known in considerable detail. This new information is summarized through 1989 in this weighty (7 1/2-pound) text. The introductory section contains nine chapters on the development, structure, and function of the hindgut. The second section covers general aspects of colorectal disease, including epidemiologic features, dietary fiber, diagnostic methods, and screening for neoplasms. The final and largest section consists of 28 chapters on specific diseases, ranging from infectious disorders to anorectal disease and medical and surgical aspects of pediatric patients.
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