HAROLD P. ROTH, M.D.; RAYMOND N. FERRERI, M.D.; MICHAEL A. PETTI, M.D.; MARVIN W. EVANS, M.D.
There have been only a few studies of the effect of emotion on the small intestine. These have not produced consistent results. Cannon was one of the first to investigate the subject.1 He states: "The kneading movements of the small intestine cease whenever the observed animal shows signs of emotional excitement." Cannon does not specifically describe how he induced the emotional excitement that led to suppression of intestinal motility, but he does discuss the conditions under which he noted absence of gastric motility, which would appear likely to be the same. He described this absence of motility in young male
ROTH HP, FERRERI RN, PETTI MA, EVANS MW. MOTILITY OF THE SMALL INTESTINE DURING EMOTIONAL REACTIONS1. Ann Intern Med. ;38:38–52. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-38-1-38
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;38(1):38-52.
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