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August 25, 1906

A CASE OF TOTAL ATROPHY OF THE STOMACH.

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RICHMOND, VA.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(8):583. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210080035003a

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Abstract

The following case is worthy of record. The condition is exceedingly rare and should not be confounded with hysteric affections on the one hand nor with gastric carcinoma on the other. The patient was studied by us through the courtesy of Dr. Stuart McGuire.

History.  —Two years ago, a dentist, about 35 years of age, after a couple of years very hard work associated with much loss of sleep, suddenly became the victim of "nervous breakdown," and at about the same time after dietetic indiscretion, suffered acute gastritis. From the latter he rapidly recovered and was advised to take a sea voyage, which he did. The voyage was rough and he was made violently seasick for a week. After this he began to take excessive care of himself and particularly of his stomach, carefully avoiding eating a full meal and never completely gratifying his hunger for fear of an attack

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