South African Medical Journal

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Progress in small-bowel physiology and disease

Simmy Bank, I.N. Marks, B Novis


There have been many interesting and exciting developments in the field of gastro-enterology in the past few years. Many of these advances have been due to technical skills in physiology, biochemistry and radiology, but newer diagnostic and therapeutic measures have also been introduced. The complex functions of the small bowel and
especially the mucosal lining of the intestine, provide particular scope for detailed multidisciplinary research, clinical, paraclinical and scientific.

The present communication reflects our own brief selection of recent advances in the field of small-bowel physiology and disease and does not represent a comprehensive coverage of all the advances in the past decade.

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