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June 11, 1938

Digestive Tract Pain; Diagnosis and Treatment: Experimental Observations

JAMA. 1938;110(24):2031. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790240055032

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This book is brief but well written and has a few important illustrations. The disturbances of the digestive tract and their diagnosis and treatment are approached principally by an analysis of pain, the chief symptom. The author has concisely presented his experimental observations on pain, produced at various levels of the digestive tract in normal and abnormal states. The clinical application of these experimental observations is then discussed. This discussion is amplified by a series of case reports, which are not only interesting but strikingly illustrative of the principal theme of the author: the importance of pain in the digestive tract. The author has not failed to recognize the importance of gastrointestinal pain in "functional disease." This chapter likewise is well illustrated by case histories. The final chapter is an excellent summary and contains many important therapeutic considerations which show a well ordered conception of the manifold problems of the

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