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Perhaps the most telling criticism of this multi-authored review of gastrointestinal physiology is found near the end of the section on pathophysiology by S. B. Bralow. He states that "despite the great scientific attack on gastric secretory mechanisms waged over the past 100 years, clinical benefits gained from this information have been scant."
This is a very depressing statement from the point of view of the practical clinician, such as me. Certainly the first 350 pages of this symposium, except for perhaps the section on absorption, have little relevance to the last 75 pages. It would have been wiser, in
Functions of the Stomach and Intestine.. Ann Intern Med. ;83:923. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-6-923_1
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