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September 3, 1910

The Whistle in the Stomach, Who Blew It First? A Question of Priority

JAMA. 1910;55(10):879-880. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330100065030

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To the Editor:—  Though I exercised considerable care during the preparation of my recent work on "Diseases of the Stomach and Intestines," especially in properly crediting other authors and their investigations, I must frankly confess that. I had not seen Dr. Spivak's article or known of its existence, and therefore did not credit him as the "original whistler." The instrument depicted in my book has a specially made thick-walled bulb attachment and the air is forced into the esophagus and immediately aspirated out, passing through the whistle extremity on both occasions. It will whistle in the esophagus, though to a much less marked degree than in the stomach. Dr. Spivak's references to the principles of acoustics are perfectly correct, but esophageal whistling can be readily produced by forced inspiration and aspiration by my unfortunate instrument.As to changing the legend under the illustration, every aeroplane is not labeled "Wright," or every esophagoscope with

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