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Article
July 30, 1898

CHRONIC DIARRHEA ASSOCIATED WITH ACHYLIA GASTRICA.

Author Affiliations

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO, BUFFALO, N. Y.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(5):225-227. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450050023001e

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Abstract

Among the causes of diarrhea the different conditions of the stomach that give rise to abnormal intestinal fermentation and irritation are of the utmost importance. For many years a form of diarrhea termed lienteric has been described as being characterized by evacuation of the bowels immediately following each meal, the stools containing considerable undigested food. Sometimes more than one movement follows a meal. The explanation given for this a few years ago was that the food was hurried through the gastro-intestinal tract with such velocity that there was no time allowed for its digestion. While such an explanation is in part true it does not cover the phenomenon properly, nor satisfactorily account for the hurried peristalsis. It was advanced by some that the food eaten for dinner, for instance, was partly passed from the rectum immediately after that meal. It may be readily understood how this hypothesis was necessary to

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