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March 31, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(13):951-954. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510400029002


STOMACHICS.  In this group we shall include a number of agents, many of them used for centuries, with actions scarcely better understood now than they have been in the remote past. They include those agents commonly called bitters and aromatics, terms which refer only to taste, or, to be more accurate in the case of aromatics, to taste and smell, but which are employed as therapeutic terms for want of better, thus showing how little we know of their mode of action. Despite this want of exact knowledge of their pharmacologic action, the accumulated clinical evidence of 2,000 years or more goes to show that they are useful in slight catarrhal conditions and in minor functional disturbances in which there are no serious anatomic changes.It is possible that their beneficial influence is sometimes in part due to the psychic effect, as they are agreeable to many tastes,

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