About GI Motility online

Aims & scope

GI Motility online was inspired by the realization that multidisciplinary medical information is scattered throughout the literature. Accessing the information can be difficult and tedious. GI Motility online is designed as a major resource covering the basic science and clinical aspects of motility in the entire GI tract.

To meet the needs of a range of different readers, the text is organized at three levels. Synopses provide high-level summaries of the subject suitable for the general reader or those just beginning in the subject. Overviews are text-book style articles which provide broad introductions to the basic science or clinical aspects and which will be of value to medical students and those from specialties other than gastroenterology. The in-depth review articles - which form the core of the content of GI Motility online - provide comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of all the major topics, ranging from anatomy and development, and physiology to the pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases. The review articles are authored by leading international authorities in both gastroenterology and the related medical specialties. All contributions have been peer-reviewed and edited to ensure authority and balance.

Throughout, the text is extensively enhanced by video clips, images, graphs, and tables. The comprehensive bibliographies, linked to PubMed, ISI and Crossref, provide access to a wealth of international literature.

Case studies provide self-testing opportunities based on common patient presentations, and include full clinically-oriented discussions.

Procedures for patient evaluation are of critical importance to the diagnosis and management of those with motility disorders. The How to... section presents commentary and videos on how to carry out the most important of these procedures.

GI Motility online is being published in three interconnected parts:

Part 1: Oral cavity, pharynx and esophagus - Published May 2006
Part 2: Stomach, small bowel, hepatobiliary and pancreatic ducts - in preparation
Part 3: Colon and anorectum - in preparation

The contents will also cover control mechanism and clinical features that are common to all three sections of the GI tract.

Our overall goal in creating GI Motility online is to provide a comprehensive resource on motility of the GI tract that meets the needs of all users - whether they are working at the bedside, the laboratory bench or in the research library.

Raj K. Goyal, M.D.
Reza Shaker, M.D.


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