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December 8, 1917

THE FRACTIONAL TEST MEALA STUDY OF 377 FRACTIONAL TEST MEALS, OF WHICH 139 ARE IN PROVED PATHOLOGIC CONDITIONS

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(23):1931-1935. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590500013003
Abstract

During the past two years there have been 377 fractional test meals given in the Medical Clinic of Wesley Memorial Hospital, under the supervision of Dr. Charles A. Elliott. Thirty of these test meals, as previously reported,1 were tried on normal individuals, nurses and medical students, eighty-nine on patients in whom the diagnosis has been proved either at operation or at necropsy, forty-five on patients in whom the diagnosis was clinically certain but not proved, and 213 on patients in whom the diagnosis was not absolutely certain and could not be proved.

The present report deals with a total of 139 cases, in sixty-five of which the diagnosis was proved at necropsy or operation and in seventy-four of which there could be no doubt as to the actual condition present. These cases are divided into six groups: (1) diseases of the gallbladder, thirty-eight cases; (2) gastric ulcer, ten cases;

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