Meunier1 in 1898 was the first to employ gastric lavage as a means of establishing the diagnosis of tuberculosis in infants and children. Although both his idea and his results were good, his work was almost forgotten until 1927, when Armand-Delille2 and Vibert revived it. Since then Poulsen, Jensen and Husted3 and again Poulsen,4 Wallgren,5 Boer,6 Kereszturi and her co-workers,7 Sayé and his co-workers,8 Collis,9 Gourley10 and many others have used the method with very favorable results.
At first this method was used only on infants and children, as originally described by Meunier.1 Clausen11 has the distinction of being the first to report results on adults. As time went on the value of the method became more evident, and its usefulness has been established for diagnosis and for control of treatment not only of children but also of
STADNICHENKO A, COHEN SJ, SWEANY HC. STOMACH LAVAGE IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND CONTROL OF TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS. JAMA. 1940;114(8):634-639. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810080006002