Central Control of Gastrointestinal Transit and Motility by Brain—Gut Peptides

  • Yvette Taché
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (TGEN)


In 1820, the French physiologist Jean Georges Cabanis reported the influence of the brain over gastrointestinal function as follows: “A vigorous and healthy man has just eaten a good meal; in the midst of this feeling of well-being the foods that are at the moment carried to the various parts of the organism are energetically digested, and the digestive juices dissolve them easily and quickly. Should this man receive a bad news, or should sad and baneful passions suddenly arise in his soul, his stomach and intestines will immediately cease to act on the foods contained in them. The very juice in which the foods are already almost entirely dissolved will remain as though struck by a moral stupor and ... digestion will cease entirely ...”1


Gastric Emptying Corticotropin Release Factor Thyrotropin Release Hormone Gastrointestinal Motility Gastric Motility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvette Taché
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Ulcer Research and EducationVeterans Administration Medical Center—West Los AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine and Brain Research InstituteUniversity of California—Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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