June 30, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVI(26):1995-1996. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510530015003a

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With the modern tendency to simplify therapeutic and diagnostic measures it seems strange indeed that the old method of gastric lavage should be so persistently employed; and this, in spite of the fact that the Leube-Rosenthal method has been so long known to the profession. Surely no one who has employed both methods can consistently maintain that the funnel method is either simpler, cleaner or more efficacious. In fact, no method may be considered simple which requires the amount of physical exertion necessary in the process of raising and lowering the funnel; no method clean which permits of the possibility of soiling the patient and things about him, and surely no method can be more efficacious than one which permits of the regulation of the in-flow and the out-flow of water, as does the Leube-Rosenthal method. Yet Herschell, though he considers the apparatus very admirable in the hands of a

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