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A record of a meeting chaired by Lord Turnberg that brought together those from laboratory research and medical practice to discuss some of the key aspects of intestinal absorption, including work on basic physiological mechanisms and techniques, such as the discovery of dedicated transport systems and their localization, and their clinical impact in intestinal disorders and oral rehydration therapy. Participants include: Sir Christopher Booth, Dr Richard Boyd, Professor Ramsey Bronk, Professor Hermon Dowling, Professor Michael Gardner, Dr Michael Hellier, Dr Roy Levin, Professor Richard Naftalin, Professor Timothy Peters, Professor John Walker-Smith and Professor Oliver Wrong. Christie D A, Tansey E M. (eds) (2000) Intestinal absorption, Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine, vol. 8. London: The Wellcome Trust.