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June 25, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(26):1494-1498. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440780008002

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Probably there is no complaint more frequently encountered in practice than disordered digestion. It is seen at all seasons, at all ages, and in all ranks of life. This paper will attempt to describe in outline the class of cases we see almost daily, and which are frequently spoken of as "functional disorders of digestion." By this is meant an abnormal condition of function unaccompanied by any pronounced anatomic change in structure, so far as we know. This limits the scope of the paper, as it excludes all those forms of disordered digestion resulting from organic disease of the alimetary tract, or any other part of the body, also the very acute forms, often called cholera morbus, and the indigestion of very young children. The rarer forms manifested by various reflex symptoms will not be considered.

The simplest method of describing the class of cases treated in this paper is

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