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GUT: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-rated Organ

Written by a credible author with a background in gastroenterology, this book will particularly appeal to those who are interested in the functioning of the gut.

The author begins with an unusual opening gambit, drawing the reader in. The book then continues with a light-hearted view of the journey of our 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 today.

While the material can be found from other sources, this 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 produced by a child are also simple and effective, describing perfectly the issue at hand.

While this book does not particularly have a nursing focus, it is an excellent way to revise the 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 would recommend this to nurses wanting an overview of gut function no matter what their specialty.

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