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March 1, 1890

TROPHOPATHY IN THE FATTY AND FIBROID DEGENERATIONS; JOINT PAPER.Read in the Section of Practice of Medicine, Materia Medica and Physiology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(9):295-299. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410090007001a


The animus of this contribution is the belief of the writers that trophopathy (trophos—food; pathos—disease) has more to do with the cause and cure of the so-called incurable diseases than the profession gives credit to; and to show that our belief is founded on facts, we will immediately proceed to the consideration of the subject in the concrete, to wit: the reading of histories of some patients that have been under our care.


Case 1.—A little more than four years ago, a gentleman brought to our office a friend, who appeared to the senior writer almost moribund; indeed, he feared that the man would die then and there. Examination showed the case to be suffering from an enlarged heart, a fibroid liver and Bright's disease of the kidneys; the urine contained albumen, casts and fatty epithelia. We will here make the note that in our study of