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October 28, 1950

Intestinal Intubation

JAMA. 1950;144(9):804. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920090078038

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This book is written by a surgeon as a reference and manual on intubation of the small intestine. It was the apparent purpose of the author to familiarize the medical public, in particular the surgical public, with methods of such intubation, with the tube bearing the author's name and with the history of the development of intestinal tubes. There are listed approximately 237 references, which is a fairly complete reference list with regard to the subject. The book is rather generously illustrated.

There is an excellent chapter contributed by Dr. John R. Paine on the history of intestinal intubation, and another by Phelps, Cantor and Esling on the effects of intestinal gases on latex and neoprene balloons and the diffusion of gases through them. Disturbing implications are present elsewhere in the book. One is that intubation should be undertaken for acute complete obstruction of the left colon with "tremendous distension,"

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