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November 15, 1930

Traitement médical des affections stomacales.

JAMA. 1930;95(20):1528-1529. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720200064040

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This booklet, the result of thirty years of gastro-enterologic practice and experimental researches, is more important as a contribution to the literature on the subject than its size would suggest. It develops certain points of view that have not yet found general acceptance and deserve a hearing. Thus, the author's researches, in agreement with other French observers, point to a certain molecular concentration as a determining factor in gastric evacuation. Saline as well as nutritive solutions are retained in the stomach until the cryoscopic index is in the vicinity of 0.38; such is represented, for example, by 0.55 per cent solution of sodium chloride, a 1 per cent solution of sodium bicarbonate, of dried sodium sulphate, or of dried sodium phosphate and a 2 per cent solution of dried sodium citrate. This is why mineral waters of the proper freezing point, such as vichy water, are better tolerated by the

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