Clinical Nutrition in Gastrointestinal Disease

Alan Buchman, MD, MSPH

Chapter 7: Dietary Treatment Of Gastrointestinal Diseases (continued)

Carol Porter, PhD, RD, FADA

Medical Nutrition Therapy includes diet modification, nutrient supplementation, nutrition support, and nutrition counseling as modes of therapy for disease. This chapter will focus on dietary modifications that are used to treat hospitalized or ambulatory patients with diseases of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestine, liver, and pancreas. Pathophysiology and other forms of treatment will be covered in other chapters. Treatment of disease with diet has been reported since ancient times. Hippocrates considered diet to be important in maintaining harmony in body fluids of the organism.