The term gastric hyperesthesia has been applied to painful or distressing sensations arising in the functionating stomach, not so intense as gastralgia, but of enough severity to cause more or less discomfort to the patient. If we analyze the causes of these distressing sensations, it will be found that they depend upon various pathologic conditions. Unquestionably the term "hyperesthesia" is often improperly used. The truest use of the term is when it is applied to sensory states analogous to cutaneous hyperesthesia, so often seen in the neurotic. There is a comparatively large class of cases to which I have gradually come to apply this term. It is important that this class of cases should be distinctly understood, as the conspicuous sensory symptoms so much attract the attention of patients and physicians that there is often established a course of treatment for indigestion that really does not exist. The patients of
STOCKTON CG. GASTRIC HYPERESTHESIA AND ITS MANAGEMENT.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(2):79–82. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480020009001c
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