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October 11, 1913


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Experimental Surgery of New York University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College.

JAMA. 1913;61(15):1339-1340. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350160001001

It is unnecessary, in a paper attempting to enlist interest in gastroscopy, to emphasize the frequency of cancer of the stomach and how rarely this disease is diagnosed in an early stage. Only one question presents itself for discussion. Is gastroscopy an efficient and practical method of viewing the interior of the stomach? By an efficient method is meant one which permits the details of the mucous membrane of a sufficient portion of the stomach to be seen clearly. By a practical method is meant one which is not dangerous and does not entail too much inconvenience or suffering on the part of the patient, and, perhaps, one which furnishes more information than other existing methods of objective examination.

No one, for instance, would question the value of inspecting the interior of the stomach or the obligation which rested on the physician of insisting that patients with new gastric symptoms

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