[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
August 9, 1941

Inter-Relation of Abdominal Diseases

Author Affiliations
 

By Elemér Forrai, M.D., L.R.C.P. With a foreword by Sir Arthur Hurst, M.A., D.M., F.R.C.P., Consulting Physician, Guy's Hospital, London. Cloth. Price, 12s. 6d. Pp. 168, with 5 illustrations. London: William Heinemann, Ltd., 1941.

JAMA. 1941;117(6):493-494. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820320085029

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

The author develops the thesis that all the organs of the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary tracts should be considered as belonging to a single system. This conclusion is based on the fact that they have a common embryologic origin, similar nervous and reflex pathways, the various organs are frequently invaded by identical bacteria and there is often a pronounced familial predisposition to disease of one or more units of this system. These and other factors prove the close interrelationship in a pathologic and clinical sense between various parts of the system and help to explain the frequent coexistence of chronic disease in the gallbladder, appendix, duodenum, stomach and liver. This conception also throws some light on residual symptoms so frequently present after removal of a chronically involved gallbladder or appendix, since several organs or even the entire system are usually involved and removal of the gallbladder or appendix serves only to

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×