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July 8, 1893

THE ACTION OF ALKALIES ON HUMAN GASTRIC DIGESTION.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(2):60-61. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420540026007

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Abstract

The frequency with which bicarbonate of soda is employed in gastric affections renders any contribution that enhances our knowledge of its action of interest to the profession. Dr. G. Linossier and Dr. G. Lemoine have published in the June number of the Archives Générales de Medicine a valuable paper detailing the results of certain observations regarding the action of bicarbonate of soda and of carbonate of lime in a case of merycismus. Test meals consisting of 80 grams of bread, 80 grams of meat, and 250 grams of water were eaten by the patient, and every hour samples of chyme were obtained from the mouth into which it entered by the process of rumination. Under ordinary conditions in this patient the total acidity of the chyme was slightly pronounced, diminishing from the first to the third hour after a meal; the hydrochloric secretion was also sensibly inferior to normal, and

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