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November 15, 1930

Thérapeutique médicale. I. Maladies du tube digestif.

JAMA. 1930;95(20):1528. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720200064038

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"The world of man," says Loeper, "is divided into two classes: those who believe in therapeutics and those who mock it." Inferentially, this book is intended to lessen the number in the latter class. It is the first volume of a series planned by the author to cover successively the therapy of the various other organs and systems. This volume deals with the therapeutics of the various functional subdivisions of the alimentary tract, especially from the standpoint of the remedies employed. The author's studies lead him to believe that bitters not only have a reflex effect in increasing gastric secretion by excitation of the sense of taste but also have a direct effect on the stomach, when introduced into it by means of a tube. They also produce transient leukocytosis, which is especially marked with quassia and columba. The author believes in pepsin, not only as substitution opotherapy but also

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