Topics in Gastroenterology

Medical Aspects of Dietary Fiber

Editors: Spiller, Gene A. (Ed.)

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Dietary therapy has always been important to medical practice even if it has more often been sacramental than physiological in effect. "You are what you eat" meant a lot to primitive tribes whose new leader had to eat part of his predecessor, and giving diets brought out the priest in the physician even if he or she had heard that "nothing that enters into a man defiles a man. " What people eat began to take on new meaning, however, a generation ago when Schoenheimer and others made clear that body fat and muscle protein were not the sluggish unchanging masses they had appeared but instead were store­ houses of energy and material influenced by food, activity, and metabolic pro­ cesses. Fiber, or residue as it was then still called, however, seemed unimpor­ tant; even the gastroenterologist concerned with keeping the bowels open by three cooked fruits, three cooked vegetables, and twelve glasses of water each day sometimes felt like a shaman if his cure for constipation worked. Nobody any longer read Arbuthnot Lane's charming Victorian book, The Way Out, which placed the blame for most human ailments on constipation; Lane even removed the bowel to cure the costive ills. Burkitt revived a scientific interest in fiber and the possible connection between diet. constipation, and many physical disorders by observing the vol­ ume and frequency of stools on an African diet and on an English diet.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Effect of Fiber on Colon Function

    Eastwood, Martin A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • The Measurement of Intestinal Transit Time

    Smith, Adam N. (et al.)

    Pages 27-42

  • Dietary Fiber in Diverticular Disease of the Colon

    Brodribb, A. John M.

    Pages 43-66

  • Effects of Dietary Fiber on the Structure and Function of the Small Intestine

    Tasman-Jones, Clifford

    Pages 67-74

  • Colon Cancer: The Emergence of a Concept

    Burkitt, Denis P.

    Pages 75-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medical Aspects of Dietary Fiber
Editors
  • Gene A. Spiller
Series Title
Topics in Gastroenterology
Copyright
1980
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-9176-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-9176-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4615-9178-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 300
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations
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