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The Irritable Bowel

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Classification is the bedrock of science. Physicists classify subatomic particles into bosons, leptons and quarks. Astronomers arrange celestial bodies into planets, stars, asteroids, comets and many-coloured dwarves. Chemistry has its periodic table and biology its taxonomy of living things. Medicine has systems of diagnosis. The science of defecation has the Bristol Stool Form Scale.


  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Enteric Nervous System
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Visceral Pain

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Haslam, N. (2012). The Irritable Bowel. In: Psychology in the Bathroom. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

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