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Nearly 25 years ago, the Handbook of Physiology appeared in its first edition (in five volumes) and rapidly became the authoritative reference in gastrointestinal physiology. I welcome this long overdue second edition (now in four volumes). This review deals with volume IV, Intestinal Absorption and Secretion, which is especially authoritative and even more useful as a reference than the first edition's volume III, Intestinal Absorption. The other outstanding multivolume reference, Physiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract (second edition), is now 5 years out of date.
The amount of new information in the second edition is not unexpectedly spectacular. The subject of
Handbook of Physiology. Section 6: The Gastrointestinal System. Volume IV, Intestinal Absorption and Secretion. Ann Intern Med. ;117:543. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-6-543_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(6):543.
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