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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 21, 2005


JAMA. 2005;294(23):3037. doi:10.1001/jama.294.23.3037

In the deluge of new drugs that has come on the medical profession during the last decade nothing has been more remarkable than the number of remedies suggested for gastric affections. Surely if it were possible to relieve gastric symptoms by drug treatment some one or more of the many remedies offered to the profession would have proved successful. The mineral, the animal and the vegetable kingdoms have been diligently searched and put under contribution to supply therapeutic substances. From the silver and gold which were much more recommended as gastric tonics a decade ago than they are now, down to almost innumerable forms of ferments of all kinds which have been suggested there has been a veritable flood of remedies for dyspepsia. It has been found in most cases that any one of these remedies if given with proper suggestions as to its efficacy and, if the patients were curiously inquisitive, with added details of information as to its source, would do good for a time at least, though inevitably before long the therapeutic effects ceased to be obtained.

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