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February 2, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(5):361-362. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650310015006

The work of Lyons on duodenal drainage, and the work of Piersol and Bockus 1 in testing out the phenoltetrachlorphthalein function test of the liver, have brought to the attention of the practical medical men of the country an alluring promise of possible attainment in the field of diagnosis of diseases of the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. It is generally admitted that disturbances in this region are the most puzzling that we have to deal with. We are tempted, therefore, to try out every new suggestion made along this line. The purpose of this report is, therefore, to present the results of some of these attempts to utilize in actual practice the suggestions thus obtained.

Because Piersol and Bockus, as well as others, have demonstrated that the appearance time of the dye in the duodenal tube is proportional to the total amount of dyestuff excreted in two hours,