One of the principal difficulties that arise in the practice of every sanatorium physician is the proper care of the manifold gastro-intestinal complications that occur so frequently in any group of tuberculous patients. It is, indeed, rare that a patient with pulmonary tuberculosis does not develop, at some time in his sanatorium life, a complaint attributable to the gastro-intestinal system. Most frequently this is merely a transitory disturbance, one liable to arise in any group of chronic patients, whatever the nature of their disease when living under conditions of a sanatorium regimen. Aside from this group of minor gastric ailments, there are many patients that develop symptoms of definite gastric motor and secretory disturbances, as well as intestinal symptoms of diarrhea, severe constipation, and generalized abdominal pain. A small proportion of this group can be attributed to tuberculous disease of the intestinal tract, which certainly is far more common than
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