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Psychophysiological Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract

  • Harry S. Shabsin
  • William E. Whitehead
Part of the The Plenum Series in Behavioral Psychophysiology book series (SSBP)

Abstract

The gastrointestinal tract is composed of the anatomical structures involved in the transportation and digestion of food, the absorption of nutrients into the blood stream, and the removal of nonabsorbable products from the body (Hassett, 1978; Wolf & Welsh, 1972). Functionally, these structures can be divided into four main components: the esophagus, the stomach, and the small and large intestines. Additionally, the smooth muscle secretory glands composed of the liver, the pancreas, and the gallbladder aid in digestion by providing bile, cholesterol, and other enzymes that enhance the breakdown and absorption of nutrients.

Keywords

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Lower Esophageal Sphincter Gastrointestinal Disorder Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patient Colonic Motility 
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  • Harry S. Shabsin
    • 1
  • William E. Whitehead
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Digestive Diseases, Francis Scott Key Medical CenterJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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