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December 14, 1957

TREATMENT OF POSTGASTRECTOMY DUMPING SYNDROME BY HYPNOTIC SUGGESTIONPRELIMINARY REPORT

JAMA. 1957;165(15):1957-1959. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980330005013b
Abstract

Causal agents of the postgastrectomy dumping syndrome are not well understood. Ordinarily characterized by a number of symptoms, including epigastric distress, sweating, palpitation, diarrhea, nausea, anorexia, syncope, weakness, and food dyscrasias, the disorder or symptom complex is in need of a penetrating analysis of its origin. Although numerous observers have offered evidence that the syndrome has an organic basis,1 there are still facets of the problem which suggest the presence of a concomitant important psychogenic overlay as well. Actually, such factors may be the initiating or exaggerating mechanism in many patients. With this consideration in mind, we have used hypnotic suggestion in the treatment of six patients suffering from symptoms which characterize the dumping syndrome. The results have been encouraging enough to appear to justify a preliminary report.

Several investigations have shown a correlation between personality type and the incidence of dumping in ulcer patients after gastrectomy. Culmer,2

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