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October 18, 1913

USE OF THE ROENTGEN RAY THE DIAGNOSIS OF OBSCURE ABDABDOAL CONDITIONS IN INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD

Author Affiliations

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Associate Visiting Physician at the Children's Hospital and at The Infants' Hospital BOSTON

JAMA. 1913;61(16):1422-1427. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350170004002
Abstract

I have been much impressed, during the last two years, by the assistance given by the Roentgen ray in the diagnosis of obscure abdominal conditions in infancy and childhood. It not only bids fair to settle definitely the time required for the emptying of the infant's stomach under normal conditions and the effect of the various foodstuffs and salts on this time, but also to be of the greatest value in determining the presence and nature of pathologic abdominal conditions in early life. It has in many instances, in my experience, afforded information which could not have been obtained in any other way, and has made the diagnosis easy in conditions the nature of which could only have been guessed at in the absence of this information. It makes a positive diagnosis easy in many obscure cases, and in many others reveals abnormal conditions which without it would be entirely

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