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The singular contribution of this volume on motility of the alimentary canal is the orderly, comprehensive, current, and competent manner in which the information is collated and presented. The opening chapter, written by Dr. Walter C. Alvarez, is a delightful historical reminiscence on the development of methodology appraising gastrointestinal motility. The remainder of the work is divided into four sections covering structure and innervation, physiology of smooth muscle, motor actions and controlling mechanisms, and general controlling mechanisms.
The three chapters concerning structure and innervation stress morphological amenities of the alimentary canal, including developmental anatomy, fine structure aided by numerous finely
Handbook of Physiology.. Ann Intern Med. 1969;70:424. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-70-2-424_1
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