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December 10, 1910

The Examination of the Function of the Intestines by Means of the Test Diet.

JAMA. 1910;55(24):2087. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330240065036

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While not comparable with the examination of stomach contents, the examination of the feces after a test diet gives reasonable hope of greatly advancing our knowledge of functional disorders of the intestines. The method of Schmidt has been somewhat simplified since the publication of the first edition, and may now be carried out by any practitioner with a minimum of technical skill and of laboratory equipment. This method has stood the test of time, and is destined to outlive its competitors such as the desmoid test, the bead test, etc. In the present edition Professor Schmidt has developed more fully the relations of the stomach, liver and pancreas to intestinal diseases and this chapter forms a valuable contribution to a neglected field of gastrointestinal pathology. The last chapter, dealing with chronic constipation, presents the author's theory that in constipation digestion is too good and presents the reasons for the agar-agar

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