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March 24, 1917

THE FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY OF THE STOMACHAS A BASIS FOR JUDGING THE VALUE OF ANY METHOD OF SURGICAL TREATMENT

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(12):890-892. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030222002
Abstract

The value of any treatment, especially when it involves surgical methods, is not based at the present day entirely on anatomic results. Anatomic structures, whether conforming to the normal or resultant from new relations produced during operation, are of value only in terms of physiologic function. The nearer the functional result approaches the normal after operation, the better has been the method of treatment; and the more closely the functions are carried out along normal physiologic paths, the less disturbance is manifested in the complaints of the patient until the body economy becomes accustomed to the new physiology.

This paper will outline the methods which we have been using, which are capable of reflecting scientifically and accurately the state of the various functions of the stomach at any given moment. The picture obtained by correlation of the various facts so obtained will in turn reflect the total physiologic effort of

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