X-Message-Number: 14127
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 11:19:34
From: "Henry R. Hirsch" <>
Subject: Enteric Nervous System

					July 20, 2000

The enteric nervous system is a motor (as contrasted to sensory) system
which controls the movements of the gastrointestinal tract - mainly the
small intestine. Most of its activity is reflex. It is not involved in
consciousness as suggested by the fact that it is innervated by the
autonomic ("automatic") nervous system. For a brief clear description of
the enteric nervous system, take a look at Vander, Sherman and Luciano,
"Human Physiology", 8'th edn. pp 559, 566, and 567. This is the book I use
for my undergraduate physiology course, and it is very good for basic

					Hank Hirsch
Henry R. Hirsch                      
Department of Physiology                   Phone: (859)323-5438
MS508 Chandler Medical Center              Fax:   (859)323-1070
University of Kentucky                     E-Mail: 
Lexington, KY 40536-0298

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