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December 11, 1926

EMPTYING OF THE GALLBLADDER

JAMA. 1926;87(24):2019. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680240063035

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I was greatly interested in reading your recent editorial on this subject in The Journal, September 18. In view of the importance of the subject I am induced to bring to your attention the recent work of Dr. Boyden at the Harvard Medical School, which is at variance with Kodama's results.Dr. Boyden was the first to show in 1923 (Anat. Record24:388, 1923) that the vertebrate gallbladder (that of the cat) could be regularly and consistently emptied by an appropriate fat-containing material—egg yolk and cream—the "sogenannter Boyden meal der Amerikaner" (Herman).In 1925 (Anat. Record30:333), following the introduction of the Graham method and following Sosman, Whitaker and Edson's independent discovery of the remarkable effect on the human gallbladder of eating butter, Boyden was able to demonstrate the emptying of his own gallbladder in less than three hours after a meal of egg yolk

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