Chapter 1

The Geometry of the System: The Structure of the Gastrointestinal Tract as a Mechanical Device

Hans Gregersen and James Christensen

Abstract

The gastrointestinal tract constitutes an uninterrupted channel through the organism with separate ports for intake and output. This chapter deals first with the basic structure of the wall of the alimentary conduit and with the modifications encountered in each of the various organs, with emphasis on basis anatomy and morphology of the system for a better understanding of the mechanical (motility, distensibility and flow) function and mechanosensory function.

Total Pages: 3-32 (30)

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