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Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ

Written by a professional with a background in gastroenterology, this book will appeal particularly to readers interested in the functioning of the gut

Written by a professional with a background in gastroenterology, this book will appeal particularly to readers interested in the functioning of the gut.

The author begins by asking: How does pooing work? This unusual opener instantly draws the reader in. The book then continues with a light-hearted view of the journey of food, with a piece of cake and all its adventures provided as an example.

As well as describing the established physiology, the author 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.

While there are other sources for the books material, it is written in an endearing and amusing fashion. The reader is engaged and informed about a subject that may not always be the easiest to discuss comfortably. The graphics are also effective, drawn with a child-like

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Written by a professional with a background in gastroenterology, this book will appeal particularly to readers interested in the functioning of the gut.

The author begins by asking: ‘How does pooing work?’ This unusual opener instantly draws the reader in. The book then continues with a light-hearted view of the journey of food, with a piece of cake and all its adventures provided as an example.

As well as describing the established physiology, the author 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.

While there are other sources for the book’s material, it is written in an endearing and amusing fashion. The reader is engaged and informed about a subject that may not always be the easiest to discuss comfortably. The graphics are also effective, drawn with a child-like simplicity that illustrates perfectly the issue at hand.

While this book does not focus specifically on nursing, it provides an excellent account of the anatomy and physiology of the gut, which many nurses would find useful. It would also help nurses access the vocabulary to describe gut function to patients in a way that is easy to understand.

No matter what their specialty, nurses need to have an overview of gut function and I recommend they purchase their own copy of this inexpensive, fun book.

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