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June 9, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(6):576-577. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670060052017

Gastroduodenal Ulcer and Work.  —Professors Torraca, Palmieri and Rodino reported on "Gastroduodenal Ulcer and Work." Professor Torraca pointed out that duodenal ulcer occurs more frequently than gastric ulcer and there is a higher incidence of the disease among men than among women. In addition to the patient's occupation, mental and physical fatigue, irregular meals, and nutritional deficiency must be taken into consideration. Surgical treatment may consist in pyloroduodenoantral resection, in some palliative operations when resection cannot be performed, or in resection of the gastric fundus according to Connell, devascularization of the stomach according to Hey, and bilateral vagotomy. Torraca obtained excellent results with gastric resection in 506 cases of gastric and duodenal ulcers and in 42 cases of anastomotic ulcer.Professor Rodino discussed the late results of operations for gastroduodenal ulcer. In a follow-up of patients in whom gastrojejunostomy was performed at the surgical clinic of the University of Naples,

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