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July 1911

Dyspepsia: Its Varieties and Treatment.

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By W. Soltau Fenwick, M.D., Doctor of Medicine of the University of Strassburg. Cloth. Price, $3 net. Pp. 485, with illustrations. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co., 1910.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1911;VIII(1):130-131. doi:10.1001/archinte.1911.00060070135007

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The title of this book emphasizes an interesting change in medical thought. Not many years ago it was considered an evidence of ignorance to use the term ``dyspepsia;'' anatomical names for diseases were considered the only ones proper for scientific men. So it was that the diagnosis of chronic gastritis flourished. But methods of investigating functions enabled us to get a good deal of light on functional alterations in the stomach, and we can now use a functional term, well realizing that the recognition of a functional alteration does not imply the absence of anatomical changes, but rather the reverse. So, also, we are willing to take so general a term ``dyspepsia'' as a convenient designation for certain important conditions and use it as a basis for further work. Dr. Fenwick gives an interesting study of a very large amount of clinical material, 18,000 cases, in fact; though for

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