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January 14, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(2):118-119. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740020036013

In Beaumont's classic "Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice and the Physiology of Digestion," published in 1833, he anticipated a question that is frequently being asked at the present time; namely, What is the effect of exercise on the gastric secretion of man? Is complete rest after meals desirable in the interest of food digestion? From his observations on Alexis St. Martin, the "man with the lid on his stomach," Beaumont drew the inference—one of the fifty-one inferences with which he concluded his essay —that "gentle exercise facilitates the digestion of food." Since that time the possible significance of another physiologic factor—the emotional state of the person— has come into notice. Today it is realized that anxiety, anger, fear and sorrow may either stimulate or inhibit physiologic processes. The views on this subject in relation to the gastric functions have by no means been uniform. As early as 1846,