The application of remedial measures to one healthy organ for the relief of diseased conditions in another organ has been practiced from times immemorial. Counterirritation is probably the prototype of all such procedures. Dr. Fenton B. Turck, Chicago, has recently reported the results of his experiments in the treatment of diseases of the intra-abdominal viscera through the colon. The washing of the bowel for the relief of various acute disturbances of the stomach and other organs is a measure used not alone by physicians, but by almost every mother all over the world.
Does the washing of the stomach have any influence upon the relief of intestinal disturbances? The answer is in the affirmative. Lavage of the stomach is indicated as a therapeutic measure in the following intestinal disorders: 1. Constipation due to excessive acidity of the stomach. 2. Constipation due to gastric atony. 3. Diarrhea resulting from excessive production
SPIVAK CD. LAVAGE OF THE STOMACH AS A THERAPEUTIC AGENT IN THE TREATMENT OF HABITUAL CONSTIPATION. A PRELIMINARY REPORT. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(15):1020–1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470150016002e
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