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October 28, 1944


JAMA. 1944;126(9):572-573. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850440044012

In his address as retiring president of the Connecticut State Medical Society, Smith1 discusses research on experimental gastric cancer, its background and progress. One of the stumbling blocks in the studies of human gastric cancer is chronic gastritis.

Schindler2 holds that gastroscopy has brought convincing proof of the frequency and significance of chronic gastritis, which he divides into superficial, atrophic and hypertrophic varieties. He also reports that the histology of chronic gastritis has been established by a method of taking biopsies from the gastric wall without ligatures or clamps. "If a normal mucosa is found gastroscopically, a normal microscopic picture is usually seen also."

Schindlers remarkable work with the flexible gastroscope receives complete and enthusiastic endorsement by Crohn,3 who characterizes "antral gasritis" as a clinical and morphologic entiry, a conclusion with which Schindler does not agree. "Gastric function in all types of gastritis is so irregular and

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