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December 13, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(24):1838-1839. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720240048018

The successful treatment and healing of gastric ulcers involves many factors of uncertainty, reflected in the multiplicity of suggestions from therapeutists. For example, a recent writer asserts that the establishment of proper habits of eating, the avoidance of notoriously irritating articles of food which offend the gastric organ because of chemical, mechanical or thermal insults, the minimization of worry, strain and hurry— at least at meal times—the removal of infection from teeth, tonsils and accessory sinuses, the prevention of chronic constipation by regulation of diet and exercise, and the surgical removal of disease elsewhere in the abdomen are measures that tend to lower the incidence of ulcer. He adds that these are essential features in the treatment of ulcer whether surgery is employed or not.

The foregoing, by no means an antiquated statement, reads like a hygienic admonition that should favor recovery from many human maladies. It indicates how indefinite

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