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This book contains chapters on esophageal motor function disorders, peptic ulcer, digitalis and potassium, aldosterone, adrenalectomy and hypophysectomy in the treatment of advanced cancer, chemotherapy of tuberculosis, trace metals and chronic diseases, and hemoglobins and disease. Peptic ulcer is discussed from the viewpoint of its pathogenesis and clinical aspects. The authors stress that the medical treatment is still primarily concerned with the control of gastric acidity, although some modifications have been recently introduced. Strengthening the tissue defenses is done indirectly by maintaining the general health of the patient, by eliminating or lessening physical and emotional tensions, and by avoiding gastrointestinal irritants in food and medicaments. The patient with an ulcer can tolerate a wider variety of foods and more substantial meals than are usually prescribed. Cholinergic blocking agents, such as methantheline and its derivatives, are used because of their ability to act at the postganglionic effector site or at the
Advances in Internal Medicine. Vol. VIII. JAMA. 1956;162(7):693. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970240075029
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