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August 19, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(8):614-615. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740330046021

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Applications of Heat to the Medulla Oblongata  Research presented before the Academy of Medicine by Mr. and Mrs. André Pupier and Mr. René Prieur has shown the good effects, in the treatment of vomiting of widely different origin, of the application of heat to the medulla oblongata, which appears to be involved in the mechanism of many cases of vomiting. The causes of vomiting are many, and the incitations to vomiting may have various points of origin—abdominal viscera, pharynx, inner ear—all of which involve the medulla oblongata. Certain poisons, such as apomorphine, act directly on the medulla oblongata and provoke vomiting. Further, the masseurs of India massage the back of the neck of submerged and asphyxiated persons to restore the vitality of the bulb. The authors raise the question whether an exterior physical action, more particularly the application of heat to the bulb, would not forestall or check vomiting irrespective

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