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June 21, 1902

Outlining the Stomach.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(25):1634. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480250028015

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Buffalo, June 16, 1902.

To the Editor:  —The method of outlining the stomach proposed in your issue of June 14 by Dr. Wilhelm Becker may be still further simplified. The location of the stomach in a general way, by auscultation of some noise made within it, either by blowing air through a tube, producing bubbles by introducing air from beneath the surface of water, employing a whistle, bell, electric buzzer, etc., has been practiced for years. Dr. Becker's device depends upon the general principle of visceral transonance, better known under its common subdivision of auscultatory percussion. I have occasionally been able to map out the stomach by the vibrations set up by the heart beating against the distended stomach and have sometimes taken the trouble to do so during the use of my endogastric spray, which is, for present purposes, practically identical with Dr. Becker's method.The only objection to

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