History of Malabsorption in a Warm Environment

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Synopsis: 

In 1880, a 36-year-old Scottish physician – Patrick Manson – working in south China described a malabsorption syndrome which he called sprue, an entity which he considered had not been documented before and was therefore new. Since that time, this term has been used to describe all malabsorption (ie failure to absorb and digest dietary constituents) states acquired in a tropical environment.
This book is about absorptive disorders occurring in relation to a warm climate, as well as their causes over several centuries, and suggests that Manson’s sprue was merely a severe version of a group of disorders with a multiplicity of infective causes.
Recrudescence months or years after initial presentation has been the major reason why Manson’s sprue has long been shrouded in mystery. The only infective malabsorptive state which has a parallel with that entity is chronic strongyloidiasis – which was almost certainly the underlying cause of sprue and is thus a term which should not be used in the context of all tropical malabsorptive disorders, most of which are caused by other infective agents.

ISBN: 
9781911280422
Published: 
20 Dec 2016
Pages: 
248
Binding: 
Hardback
Category: 
Non-Fiction

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