NORMAN LEARNER, M.D.; HERBERT M. STAUFFER, M.D.; CHARLES L. BROWN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Although the small intestine constitutes the greatest part of the gastrointestinal tract, it has not received the attention one might expect. The lack of clinical information regarding the small bowel is striking despite the fact that many gastrointestinal symptoms have their origin in disturbed motility of this organ. The principal reason for this is the rarity with which organic lesions affect the small intestine, duodenal ulcer and regional enteritis excepted. Further, although other parts of the gastrointestinal tract can be visualized directly, examination of the small bowel is confined largely to roentgen study.
Recent renewed interest in the small intestine
LEARNER N, STAUFFER HM, BROWN CL. SMALL INTESTINAL DISORDERS IN AVITAMINOSIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;20:675–685. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-20-4-675
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;20(4):675-685.
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