Reviews

GUT: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

The author begins with an unusual opening gambit that draws the reader in, and then continues with a light-hearted view of the journey of food, with a piece of cake and its adventures provided as an example.

The author begins with an unusual opening gambit that draws the reader in, and then continues with a light-hearted view of the journey of food, with a piece of cake and its adventures provided as an example.

As well as describing established physiology, she also introduces new subject matter, such as the classification and function of bacteria in the gut, its effect on overall metabolism and the use of probiotics today.

The material can be found from other sources, but it is written in an endearing and amusing fashion. The reader is instantly engaged and informed about a subject that may not always be the easiest to discuss comfortably. The graphics are also simple and effective.

While this book does not particularly have a nursing focus, it is an excellent way to revise anatomy and physiology of the gut. It also helps nurses find the vocabulary to describe gut function to patients in a way that is easy to understand.

I recommend this book to nurses who want an overview of gut function no matter what their specialty.

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