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Under the term "dyspepsia"—a very indefinite one for the title of a medical book in an age of scientific precision— Fenwick includes nearly all affections of the stomach and intestines. The author comments on the failure of treatment which adheres too closely to the indicationsderived solely from laboratory examinations; he calls attention to the fact that drugs which are supposed to control gastric motility or secretion seldom do what is expected of them. The influence of the mind and nervous system on the stomach is recognized. The etiology of dyspepsia involves the consideration of the influences flowing from other organs and from various general pathologic states. These receive special attention in the work. The irritating effect of various foreign bodies, such as hair balls, insects and other living creatures, seldom more than noticed by other authors, receive due attention.
Notwithstanding the critical attitude toward laboratory work, a sufficient account of
Dyspepsia: Its Varieties and Treatment.. JAMA. 1911;LVI(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560020064036