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July 6, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(1):8-10. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320010008002

During the past ten years I have been greatly interested in enteroptosis and have been on the lookout for this condition in my patients of all classes. The frequency of this anatomic peculiarity in slender patients, suffering with malnutrition, psycho-neuroses and tuberculosis, is decidedly impressive. Most examinations of tuberculous patients do not include an examination of the abdomen. If one palpates carefully for the kidneys, Stiller's sign, and the contracted colon; tests the succussion sounds in the stomach, or inflates it and the large intestines, he will find in a surprising number of cases evidence of enteroptosis. Woods Hutchison remarks that those people who are unusually tall are apt to develop tuberculosis. To my notion, it isn't a question of tallness alone, but of tallness combined with slenderness. Such people are very frequently enteroptotic and are decidedly prone to suffer with malnutrition, psycho-neuroses and all sorts of functional disorders of

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