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June 6, 1896

The Stomach, its Disorders, and How to Cure Them.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(23):1141-1142. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430750043013

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This is a popular work, intended for the general public, although the author disclaims an attempt " to displace the wise family physician, but rather to aid and abet him in the management of a class of maladies which requires, perhaps more than all other the thorough coöperation of the patient." This sounds well, and the general hygienic directions are excellent and well told—but we doubt if the chapters on treatment are judicious in a book of this character. Especially in cases where the patient can not get along without a prescription, or some appliance. Lavage as recommended, p. 196, should surely be performed under the direction of a physician, rather than by the patient himself, and if the author desires the book to have more of a scientific character, he would do well to lessen the amount of advertising worked into the text for the Battle Creek Sanitarium Health Food

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