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May 14, 1898

Location of Intestinal Obstruction.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(20):1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440720050016

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La Grange, Ill., May 7, 1898.

To the Editor:  —Supplementary to the suggestion of a "Simple and Safe Method in Determining the Location of Intestinal Obstruction," by R. S. Reed of Wheeling, W. Va., I call the attention of the writer to the curious fact, pointed out by Nothnagel of Germany, that when a crystal of carbonate of soda is applied to the peritoneal surface of the intestines, it will invariably excite its contraction and which passes upward toward the stomach, antiperistaltic; never toward the rectum. But one opportunity to test this has been afforded me, which, however, corroborated the assertion of Dr. Nothnagel.

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