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Digestive System resources.

Pathophysiology of the Digestive System

This resource is an online textbook for digestive system anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.

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Gastro-intestinal Tract

A thorough, interactive introduction to the GI tract, including animations of food movement and peristalsis and an overview of the gastric juices.

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Gut Functions and Control

An interactive animation detailing the anatomy of the digestive tract and the layers of the tract wall, an animation showing peristalsis, and descriptions of the three phases of swallowing.

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Stomach

An illustrated description of the structure and function of the stomach with a table summarising the digestive enzymes of the stomach.

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Structure and Function of the Pancreas

A labelled diagram, showing the position of the pancreas in relation to the jejunum and small intestine and a table showing the pancreas as an exocrine and endocrine gland.

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Structure and Function of the Large Intestine 1

Describes the structure and function of the various parts of the large intestine, including the appendix, caecum, colon, rectum, and anal canal.

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Structure and Function of the Large Intestine 2

A diagrammatic overview of the GI tract with particular relevance to the structure and function of the large intestine. Descriptions for each part are accompanied by diagrams and histological images.

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Jaundice Tutorial

This resource provides interactive tutorial about jaundice and liver metabolism/anatomy.

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The Physiology of the Liver

The resource below is an online interactive tool and tutorial explaining liver physiology, detoxification and nutrient metabolism.

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Alcohol and Human Health 1

Describes the positive and negative effects of drinking alcohol. It looks at alcohol’s journey through the body and its effect on the liver.

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Alcohol and Human Health 2

What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a ‘hangover’ to cirrhosis this unit looks at the harmful effects of alcohol both in the short and long term.

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The Liver and Drug Metabolism

This resource provides the role of the liver in the metabolism of drugs.

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