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September 15, 1906


Author Affiliations

Visiting Physician to Bellevue Hospital. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(11):845-849. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210110029002g

To write a short discussion on the medical treatment of duodenal and gastric ulcer would have been a relatively simple task a few years ago; to-day it is far different and by no means easily performed. The difficulty arises in some degree because we realize more clearly than formerly that the course and prognosis of acute ulcer differ greatly from those of chronic ulcer, and especially because surgery has in a few years made such advances in the treatment of gastric ulcer that we must consider when medical treatment will suffice or when it is necessary for a surgeon to consider jointly what method of treatment will give the quickest and most permanent relief to the patient.

The medical treatment of duodenal ulcer being practically the same as for gastric ulcer, what is said for one will apply also for the other.

The acute and chronic gastric ulcer can not

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