The Physiology of Eating

  • Martin H. Floch
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (TGEN)


Eating is a complex event that involves psychologic, sociologic, economic, environmental, cultural, and internal physiologic components. All of these influences are expressed in the final food that is chosen, handled, and eaten by the individual. The relationship of foods to the environment has been studied by cultural scientists, but these studies have not been applied to any great extent to the actual physiology of eating. In this chapter, I will briefly describe these factors as they relate to the physiology of eating in man.


Bile Acid Gastric Emptying Lower Esophageal Sphincter Gastric Secretion Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin H. Floch
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and NutritionNorwalk HospitalUSA

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