The formation of gall stones: Part 1

digital file Black & White Sound 1973 41:55

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Summary: This is the first part of a talk by Hermon Dowling, Lecturer in Medicine in the postgraduate department at Hammersmith Hospital, London, and Deputy Director at the Medical Research Council's Intestinal Malabsorption Group. In this first part he talks about the different types of human gallstones, micelle formation, micellar solubilisation of biliary cholesterol, the enteropepatic circulation of bile acids, its role in blie lipid secretion and the formation of normal and supersaturated bile. The effect of ileal resection and a reduced bile acid pool on the formation of supersaturated bile and gallstones is also described. 8 segments.