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January 1923

THE CARBON DIOXID AND OXYGEN CONTENT OF STOMACH GAS IN NORMAL PERSONS

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1923;31(1):1-8. doi:10.1001/archinte.1923.00110130004001
Abstract

The complaint of eructations of gas, or "gas on the stomach," is so common that any contribution to the knowledge of the chemistry and source of stomach gas should be of interest. The subject has been studied more or less intensively from time to time, but a review of the literature shows that more accurate methods must be employed in its investigation in normal as well as in abnormal persons before knowledge of much clinical value is obtained. Most of the literature appears under the caption of aerophagia, and has to do with the nervous origin and treatment of the unpleasant symptom of gas belching, but does not deal with the composition of the gas. Toward the end of the nineteenth century impetus was given to the more serious investigation of stomach gas by the discovery of inflammable gases in the stomach in certain cases of pyloric obstruction, and an

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