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April 1921


Am J Dis Child. 1921;21(4):347-356. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1921.01910340034004

This article supplements our previous paper on bodily mechanics in its relation to cyclic vomiting and other obscure abdominal conditions.1

In the first communication it was thought wise not to emphasize the abdominal support but to show the connection between poor bodi[ill]y mechanics, constipation, cyclic vomiting and acute abdominal pain. Emphasis was laid in that paper on the necessity of a complete medical examination, an examination of the stools and regulation of diet. Especial attention was called to the necessity of rest periods which are ordered for all these patients to prevent and relieve the great fatigue under which they are living. The use of body supports was mentioned but not described in detail because it was felt that undue emphasis would be laid upon the part that the abdominal support plays in the cure of these conditions.

There is unquestionably much danger associated with the indiscriminate use of

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