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October 2, 1937

Over het elimineeren van darmgassen, storend voor de röntgendiagnostiek

JAMA. 1937;109(14):1151. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780400067044

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The author describes the physiology and pathology of the digestive tract in relation to intestinal gases, the general preparation of the patient and the cleaning of the digestive tract, as prescribed in the literature. He discusses critically the current views described and proposes a personal method to eliminate the disturbing gases: it is wrong to let the patient fast on the morning of the roentgen examination or to use charcoal preparations to absorb the gases. Castor oil, he believes, is superior to all other laxatives, the cleansing enema should be given with the patient lying on the right side and the roentgen examination should take place immediately after the enema has acted, the patient remaining on his right side until the moment of examination. Various drawings and copies of roentgenograms illustrate this interesting thesis.

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