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December 18, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(25):2086-2089. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680250044013

During the last ten years I have been impressed by the fact that so few of the patients with duodenal ulcer whom I have seen have ever had any treatment which a specialist would regard as adequate. In many cases the diagnosis had not been made, but even when it had been, most of the patients had had to suffer for years with nothing more than a prescription for alkalis and a warning against the use of meat or greasy foods. And later, when, as so often happened, one of these patients would return to report joyfully that since taking food every two hours he had lost all his distress, I could not help feeling bad that the medical profession as a whole had not yet learned this therapeutic trick, a trick which is so simple and yet so efficacious. With all the incurable and but slightly relievable patients daily