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October 8, 1910

"The Stomach Whistle: Who Blew It First?"

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Asheville, N. C.

JAMA. 1910;55(15):1306. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330150066028

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To the Editor:—  The question of priority discussed in The Journal, September 3, p. 879, by Drs. Spivak and Kemp, recalls to my mind that as early as 1884 Dr. S. J. Meltzer of New York, in connection with his studies of the deglutition sounds, carried on experiments with a stomach tube having a whistle at one end and a balloon for blowing in air at the other end. One incident remained vivid in my mind. At his request I introduced such a tube into his esophagus. On one occasion the procedure brought on an alarming attack of spasm of the glottis which Dr. Meltzer relieved by swallowing sips of water in rapid succession, a method of treatment described by him a few years previously. I am not delegated by Dr. Meltzer to claim any priority for him; I simply wish to record the fact and thus contribute to the

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