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November 15, 1919

CERTAIN LIMITATIONS OF ROENTGEN-RAY DIAGNOSIS OF GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES

JAMA. 1919;73(20):1511-1513. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610460029008
Abstract

The roentgenologic diagnosis of gastro-intestinal disease has been developed with such marvelous rapidity that a great degree of caution should be observed in directing attention at the present time to its seeming limitations. It must be conceded that roentgenology has put gastro-intestinal diagnosis on a new and sounder basis, changing to a great degree the current conception of the meaning of abdominal complaints and demonstrating some abnormalities with unerring accuracy which on the operating and necropsy table had usually been overlooked. Nevertheless, there are definite limitations to which this method can be stretched, and the very fact that so much reliance is now placed on it makes it desirable that these limitations be admitted and generally understood. The laity are actually coming to believe that a roentgenogram is a diagnosis and not, as we know very well, a source of data on which opinions may be expressed with widewidestvalues.

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