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By Walter C. Alvarez

The Mechanics of the Digestive Tract, Fourth variation: An creation to Gastro-Enterology offers info pertinent to the mechanics of the digestive tract. This e-book experiences a few of the motives for the downward development of intestinal waves.

Organized into 34 chapters, this version starts with an outline of the most kinds of task within the small bowel. this article then explains the character of the polarity and the site of the mechanism that produces it. different chapters examine the duodenal tonus contraction within which the wave turns out to originate usually seems a couple of seconds sooner than a gastric wave reaches the pylorus. This e-book discusses besides the polarity of the bowel that prompted each contraction ring to unfold caudad as quickly it shaped. the ultimate bankruptcy presents an inventory of books which are prone to be important to readers who're beginning on their lifework within the fields of gastro-enterology and gastro-intestinal physiology.

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In both jejunum and ileum the latent period between stimulation of the mucosa and contraction of the muscle was much longer for the circular than for the longi­ tudinal muscle. The impression gained was that the relaxation of one coat was caused by a contraction of the other coat. The "reflex" could not be demonstrated so well in the je;unum as in the ileum. Raiford and Mulinos concluded that a reflex arc is responsible for the phenomena observed. It must be local because it wasn't changed by section of the mesenteric pedicle to the transplant.

A "law" in science has no resemblance to a law of the courts ; it is simply a short statement that best sums up all the observations made in a certain field. Certainly today Bayliss and Starling's statement does not sum up a hundredth part of what has been learned in the last forty years about the normal bowel of several species of animals. But, curiously, the "law" didn't work well even when it was first enunciated. If the student will turn to the articles written by the few men who studied the phenomenon years ago, he will be surprised to find frank admissions to the effect that the law was hard to demon- POLARITY OF THE SMALL BOWEL 41 strate, that i t was often absent, and often reversed !

Furthermore, Bayliss and Starling admitted that their technic could be objected to because the bowel is not normal when it has been opened for the insertion of a balloon. With this I heartily agree. Magnus ( 1 9 04\ p. " In some animals he got inhibition above and below. Langley and Magnus (p. 46) also had considerable diffi­ culty in trying to show the law. They said : "It must be noticed that although inhibition below a point stimulated was so frequently ob- 42 INTRODUCTION TO GASTRO-ENTEROLOGY tained, it was in any one experiment, which lasted two to three hours, very inconstant ; at one time the inhibition would be marked and at another absent, and the period during which one or the other state FIG.

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