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August 7, 1926

Indigestion: What It Is and How to Prevent It.

JAMA. 1926;87(6):433. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680060057028

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The author has presented for the use of the invalid with gastro-intestinal diseases an analysis of the anatomy and functions of the gastro-intestinal tract. This he follows with discussions of symptoms, food phobias and irregularities of the bowel function. It is amusing to find in one of the concluding chapters on general hygiene the following statement:

To begin with, the layman is advised to omit all reading pertaining to his body functions, diseases, operations, drugs, food chemistry, diets, or any such subjects.

The book contains much valuable advice, but hardly sufficient to enable a layman to help himself much without medical attention.

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