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April 25, 1925

A SIMPLE IMMEDIATE TREATMENT FOR VOMITING: PRELIMINARY NOTE

Author Affiliations

ST. LOUIS
From the Departments of Surgery and of Obstetrics, Washington University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1925;84(17):1259-1261. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660430017007
Abstract

In a previous communication 1 we reported, among other observations, the effect of oral administration of a 2 per cent. solution of sodium chlorid on upper gastro-intestinal peristalsis in a patient suffering from a complete intestinal fistula high in the bowel. The effect was a prompt secretory and forward motor activity, abolishing reverse peristalsis if that was present. In concluding the paper we made the following statement: "This suggests a point of possible clinical value in reestablishing normal peristalsis when there is a tendency to reverse peristalsis."

We have sought to confirm these isolated observations by experimentation. Unexpected difficulties and the press of other matters have prevented the carrying on of this work. In the meantime, however, we have applied this simple form of medication to a number of selected clinical cases of vomiting with results that have been surprising to ourselves.

We are making this brief report rather as

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