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The method of inflating the stomach described below seems absurdly simple, yet I have found it of much practical value.
The patient is placed on the examining table, the abdomen exposed, a towel arranged under the chin and a siphon of carbonated water rested on the shoulder with the nozzle at the patient's lips. These instructions are given:"I wish you to drink some of this carbonated water in order to get some gas into the stomach, which will swell it a little and help my examination. Please manage the siphon yourself; drink very slowly at first so as not to choke yourself and then drink as rapidly as you can. I will tell you when to stop."The average patient will thus take eight ounces or more without difficulty. In favorable cases even half this amount will bring the outline of the stomach clearly into view, while the
LEWIS S. A NEW METHOD OF INFLATING THE STOMACH. JAMA. 1910;55(8):664. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330080030016
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