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December 5, 1936


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From the Department of Radiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

JAMA. 1936;107(23):1859-1861. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770490013005

Clinicians are beginning to attach some importance to the roentgen study of the small intestine. Relatively little investigative work has been done on this portion of the digestive tract by radiologists, and because of this the interpretation of lesions of the small intestine is much more difficult than of other portions of the gastro-intestinal tract. Consequently, only obvious lesions have been diagnosed. The difficulty of diagnosis, it seems to me, presents a challenge to those of us interested in this viscus. To accept this challenge, it is essential that collective studies be made of the small intestine in healthy individuals and in patients having lesions of the small intestine. It is well known that lesions involving other portions of the gastro-intestinal tract as well as conditions outside of it may exert a profound influence on the mechanics and pattern of the small intestine. Any investigation, therefore, should include a careful

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