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April 11, 1885


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JAMA. 1885;IV(15):394-395. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390900002001a

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The study of special gastric and intestinal diseases makes it desirable to look for preventive, as well as curative agents. My purpose in this paper is to call attention to such articles as experiments have proved preventive of diseases of the digestive organs in very many cases. The inroads of irritation of simple catarrh of the mucous membrane of the stomach, and irritation of the mucous membrane from effects of sour milk, gravies and starch compounds in young children may be prevented in very many cases, and life often saved, by a close attention to diet.

Pepsin, the most powerful adjunct in digestion, and from which so much benefit is gained by its use as a preventive medicine, is manufactured by very many pharmacists, each claiming a superiority over their rivals in some special degree. I can only refer to such as have given evidence of merit in my practice.

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