February 1931

Nervous Indigestion.

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By Walter C. Alvarez, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota (the Mayo Foundation). Price, $3.75. Pp. 284. New York: Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., 1930.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;47(2):338. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00140200181016

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This rather small volume is largely an elaboration of two papers previously written by the author: one on the treatment of nervous indigestion, the other on the effects of emotion on the digestive tract. Its theme is functional rather than organic disease, although some attention is given the latter. There is a brief discussion of the physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract.

It is obvious that the author is chiefly concerned with the care of that large group of patients ill with functional disturbances, commonly classified as "neuros," who go in despair from one physician to another, and who frequently, failing to find relief, fall into the hands of charlatans of various kinds. The book is interesting and well written and contains much wisdom and sound advice. It will be read with interest and profit by the older, more mature, practitioners; it should be read by all medical students and recent

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