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March 21, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(12):325-326. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390870017005

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So long ago as 1843 Chiapelli published the results of some experiments which showed that the bile was endowed with the property of resisting the decomposition of alimentary materials in the intestines. He admitted that some only of the components of bile were instrumental in producing this effect; that others were altered by the decomposition of the albuminoid and starchy matters. It will be remembered also, that in 1846 Gorup-Besanez affirmed that the bile, or at least the biliary salts, exert an antiseptic action on the albuminoid alimentary substances; and Saunders, Leuret, Lassaigne and Eberle have attributed to the bile the role of retarding the decomposition of alimentary substances in the intestines. This opinion doubtless owes its origin to the discovery, in bile submitted to analysis, of products which are believed to be of a balsamic nature.

Professor G. Bufalini, in an article on this subject in the Archives Italiennes

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