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April 2, 1904

THE THERAPEUTIC VALUE OF OLIVE OIL IN GASTRIC AND INTESTINAL DISEASES.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(14):895-896. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490590029007
Abstract

The space devoted to the therapeutic uses of olive oil in most text-books is very small, reference usually being made to the nutritive value of the oil and its use by some physicians in gallstone attacks. Rutherford1 and his colleagues at the Army General Hospital in San Francisco have recently given an extensive trial to this medicament in cases of chronic dysentery with excellent results. Most of the cases were long-standing ones, in which the various recognized remedies for the disease had been tried over long periods of time with unsatisfactory or only partly satisfactory results. The oil was given in very large doses over long periods of time; beginning with doses of thirty cubic centimeters three times a day, the dose was gradually increased to ninety cubic centimeters three times a day. At first it was necessary to disguise the taste of the oil by mixing it with

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