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October 5, 1912

Priority of Employment of the Roentgen Ray in Studying the Physiology and Pathology of the Digestive Tract

JAMA. 1912;LIX(14):1308-1309. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270100076033

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To the Editor:  —In June, 1896, an article appeared in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, page 609, entitled "Photography of the Human Stomach by the Roentgen Method," by John C. Hemmeter. This report, although not published until two months after it was sent to this journal (for I received acknowledgment of its acceptance April 10, 1896), is printed under the date of June 18, 1896.This antedates any other publication on this subject in the English language. Wolf Becker (Deutsch. med. Wchnschr., March 20, 1896) at about the same time had experimented on the stomachs of animals by tilling them with solutions of lead acetate (sugar of lead) after laparotomy, and in doing so he tore the walls of the stomach, which were sewed up again, but not so tightly as to prevent leakage. The solution therefore leaked out into the abdominal cavity and only a diffuse, badly defined

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