The Biological Functions and Physiological Effects of Ingested Inhibitors of Digestive Reactions

  • S. S. Rothman
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 199)


In terms of everyday experience, we think of disease and illness as something visited upon a healthy body from the outside; analogous to an unfortunate accident. Microbes infect us, and plagues and epidemics come upon us. In this way, man has come to view illness as an event that is discontinuous with normal function. However, normal processes can go awry without particular help from outside agents and produce disease and illness. In this circumstance, the line between the normal and abnormal can often be hard to discern, and the old adage that there can be too much (or too little) of a good thing may apply. Thus, we have come to appreciate that disease is often continuous with, rather than a break and something different from, normal function.


Trypsin Inhibitor Pancreatic Juice Proteolytic Digestion Starch Digestion Digestive Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. S. Rothman
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  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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