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February 10, 1906

PRELIMINARY STEPS IN THE INVESTIGATION OF GASTRIC FUNCTIONS.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(6):405-410. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510330011001d
Abstract

In making preparations for the investigation of the gastric functions of epileptics, particularly in idiopathic epilepsy, for which the Craig Colony for Epileptics seemed to offer a favorable field, worthy of careful and intelligent investigation, the fact appeared that the methods in vogue were not commensurate to scientific needs, as they do not offer that degree of exactness which would recognize beyond all doubt deviations from the normal, if such were not present in a very marked degree.

So many points have to be considered before conclusions regarding one special pointcan be made that if accuracy of method and analytic discrimination are not introduced in this field of research, results must necessarily be of such a vague character as not to allow any definite conclusions. This fact impressed the writer particularly in taking up the chemopathology of gastric secretion. It seemed absolutely necessary first to establish standards by means of

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