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March 1918

EFFECT OF BODY POSTURE ON THE POSITION AND EMPTYING TIME OF THE STOMACH

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NEW ORLEANS

Am J Dis Child. 1918;XV(3):190-195. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1918.04110210027002
Abstract

There is yet much to learn about the baby's digestive apparatus. Any knowledge added, no matter how small in amount, will bring us nearer the desired goal of maximum information. This work was undertaken by us on account of the scarcity of reports especially concerning the motility of the child's stomach under the varying influences of posture.

Observations on Positions of the Stomach.  —Sixteen observations of the effect of body posture on the position of the stomach were made in four cases. The influence of gravity both on the shape of the stomach and the position of the meal is well demonstrated in the illustrations. The gas bubble, no matter what the position of the stomach may be, always rises to the highest point of the stomach. We noted in one of our patients that at the age of 3 years the stomach approximated the adult type both in form

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