As surgical knowledge advances and surgical skill becomes more perfect, the need for some early diagnostic sign in obscure stomach conditions becomes more and more apparent. Recently a number of articles have been published in Germany, which speak favorably of the value of traces of blood in the feces as a diagnostic sign in obscure cases of cancer and ulcer of the stomach. Schmilinsky's recent article1 gives a good review of the subject. This author suggests that the examination of the feces it is to be noted that the color and the absence of general practitioner. The examination of the stomach juice is of value in some cases, but here the introduction of the stomach tube and the possibility of slight hemorrhage from this lead to a source of error. In examining the feces it is to be noted that the color and the absence of blood by microscopic tests
BLOOD IN THE FECES IN GASTRIC DIAGNOSIS. JAMA. 1904;XLII(19):1224. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490640034013
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