Written for health care practitioners, including physicians, dietitians, nurses, and pharmacists, this work provides the scientific rationale for feeding patients by tube and describes what can be accomplished with a sound, practical approach to the delivery, monitoring, and management of enteral nutrition. The principles outlined are applicable to patients receiving enteral support in the hospital, chronically at home, or in an institution. The book is divided into three sections. The first part discusses the scientific rationale for enteral nutrition. It also addresses the gastrointestinal tract and its function as an organ, particularly in its response to injury and illness. The second part discusses the clinical rationale and practical techniques for successfully administering enteral nutrition. The book concludes with a "handbook" describing the activities associated with delivering enteral nutrition. This book should be of interest to medical professionals including physicians and dieticians.