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November 24, 1923

Non-Surgical Drainage of the Gall Tract. A Treatise Concerned With the Diagnosis and Treatment of Certain Diseases of the Biliary and Allied Systems, in Their Relation to Gastro-Enterology and General Clinical Medicine.

JAMA. 1923;81(21):1813. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650210079037

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Dr. Lyon here presents a description of his method of nonsurgical drainage. In collaboration with other clinicians, he includes a consideration of clinical methods of diagnosis, such as history taking, laboratory methods of examination and physical examination. He gives an elaborate description of his technic, and concludes with a citation of numerous case histories in which his procedure has been used. The book is well written, and were it not for numerous statements that cannot be passed by the skeptic without challenge, it would be almost convincing. Dr. Lyon believes that his procedure is based on scientific principles that are soundly established. This is questionable. Dr. Meltzer's theory of the law of contrary innervation has never been positively established. Yet the author accepts it as a proved fact. Later on in his book he states as an accepted fact that the gallbladder empties itself by contraction. Contractile power of the

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