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March 27, 1926

Troubles de la fonction gastrique et syndromes associés chez les tuberculeux pulmonaires.

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Par le Docteur Pierre Marsal de la Faculté de médecine de Nancy. Travail de la clinique de M. le Professeur agrégé J. Parisot. Paper. Pp. 315, with illustrations. Paris: A. Maloine, 1925.

JAMA. 1926;86(13):974. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670390054039

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Dr. Marsal has made a careful study of gastric disturbances as they appear in the course of pulmonary tuberculosis. He presents an extensive review of the literature on the subject, which is enlightening in that it directs attention to the gropings of medical men in this field a few decades ago. The present work is based on observations made in sixty-five cases of gastric trouble complicating pulmonary tuberculosis. Marsal properly disapproves of forced feeding in the treatment of tuberculosis and, from the energy of his remarks, it would appear that the French physician is still prescribing a rich diet. The author quotes Daremberg, who said that the stomach is the laboratory of health for the consumptive. Marsal also says, "The better the stomach, the better the prognosis." Considerable space is given to radioscopic examination of the stomach; errors in motility and "deformities" are discussed, and methods of arriving at results

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