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Basic science 

Basic science
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Basic science
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Patrick J O’Dwyer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199571772.003.001
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date: 22 September 2020

The anterior abdominal wall 2

Development of the GI tract 8

Liver 14

Small bowel 18

Colon 22

The rectum and pelvis 26

The anal canal and sphincters 30

An understanding of the anatomy of the abdominal wall is important for the colorectal surgeon to facilitate appropriate incisions optimizing patient recovery and producing a well-healed cosmetic scar. Vertical incisions crossing Langer's lines are often unsightly....

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