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December 10, 1887

LAVAGE IN THE TREATMENT OF GASTRIC AFFECTIONS.Read before the Philadelphia County Medical Society, November 9, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(24):745-747. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400230009002c

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Abstract

Any agent, or any method that promises to enlarge our therapeutic resources against those obstinate conditions of "gastric catarrh," "functional dyspepsia," etc., that are a source of distress to the patient, of annoyance to the physician, and of profit to the pepsin and patent-medicine manufacturers, deserves at least a respectful consideration. The method that I desire briefly to present to the Society this evening—lavage, or irrigation of the stomach—has been employed for many years in Europe, so that it can no longer be considered to be merely on trial. In America, however, it has not won general introduction, nor am I aware that any discussion of it has been had before this body. This, then, is my excuse for calling attention to a subject in connection with which I have nothing new to communicate.

It needed not the discovery of omnipresent bacilli, those evil spirits named "legion" of our modern

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