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January 13, 1934

ROENTGEN EVIDENCE OF HEALING IN DUODENAL ULCER

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SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.

JAMA. 1934;102(2):107-112. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750020019005
Abstract

The most conspicuous defect in the present accepted methods for the management of peptic ulcer is the lack of any dependable means of establishing that the lesion is healed. The interval between the onset of symptomatic relief, which is usually effected within a few days after the institution of medical treatment, and the complete healing of the ulcer undoubtedly varies greatly, and the time at which the latter takes place in individual cases cannot be established by any known procedure. Besides enabling one to answer the patient's persistent question "Is my ulcer healed," such a procedure, if it could be brought to light, would result in other advantages. By its employment in a sufficiently large number of controlled cases, information might be gathered as to the relative effectiveness of the widely varying methods of treatment now in vogue, thus ending many an argument. The patient would be benefited more directly

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