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Peristalsis

Lawrence R. Schiller
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 1 Number 5: Page 38 (December 1994)

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Abstract: The study of how material is propelled through the gastrointestinal tract has advanced ddramatically since the experiments of the founders of modern physiology a century ago. Researchers now understand not only the patterns of motility that produce peristalsis, but also the wiring of the enteric nervous system that orchestrates the process. The complexity of the control mechanisms provides some redundancy and many potential targets for drugs that can alter gut function.

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