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March 26, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(13):837-838. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490580027015

In a recent issue of The Journal "The Ethics of Eating" was editorially noticed and the importance of the element of pleasure and enjoyment in the taking of food emphasized. An article in the Nord Medical, June 1, 1903, by an experienced French physician, Dr. A. Monteuuis of Dunkirk, still further brings out this fact. He emphasizes that none of the organs of the body is so sensitive to the action of the nervous system and so directly sensitive as the stomach. Any emotion or annoyance may be sufficient to arrest the gastric digestion and entail next day a headache, pains in the limbs or other disturbance. Worry or overfatigue is liable to produce the same effects. The palpating hand can feel the contraction of the stomach under the emotion. Some mothers never digest a meal properly, because they fret over their children's table manners or over household

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