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October 18, 1924


Author Affiliations

New Rochelle, N. Y.

JAMA. 1924;83(16):1243. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.26610160001010

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Much has been written during the last few years about vagotonia and the action of belladonna on that condition. So common a complaint is vagotonia, and so frequently is belladonna used for its relief, that many clinicians consider this drug one of the few which, in an age of nihilism, can be relied on.

In the case here reported, it will be seen how belladonna not only relieved a condition diagnosed as vagotonia, but supplemented the roentgen ray in assisting at an important decision with regard to the therapeutics.

An apparently healthy man, aged 27, came to me complaining of a sense of epigastric fulness and distress beginning immediately after eating and persisting for an hour or more. This symptom was first noticed about six months before and was increasing in severity.

The kind and quantity of food taken seemed to make no difference in the distress; whenever any food

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