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January 7, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(1):1-4. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500280007001

HISTORY OF THE CLINICAL RECOGNITION OF GASTRIC ULCER.*  JOHN C. HEMMETER, M.D.Professor of Physiology, and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore.BALTIMORE.Succinct histories of the development of clinical conceptions on special diseases are very rare. This is partially explicable by the scarcity of historical data concerning early clinical thinking and by the confusion that has been brought into the accounts of the classical writers of medicine by the facts that the identical disease is designated with different names by different authors, and also that the exact diagnosis was rarely verified by operation or autopsy.In the following sketch of the history of the clinical recognition of gastric ulcer, conclusions were based only on such cases as were substantiated in the manner just mentioned. In the writing of Hippocrates we find no statement which would justify us in concluding that the "Father of Medicine" was