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July 30, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(5):144-145. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420050026005

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In a recent number of the London Practitioner, Dr. Soltan Fenwick has described some of the objectionable features of lavage, when indiscriminately practiced. In his view of the case, this comparatively new measure has been used more frequently than is just and proper. Not only have chlorosis, atonic dyspepsia and the gastric crises of locomotor ataxia been thus treated, but also not a few cases where the vomiting was of purely reflex origin. Twenty-five cases of convulsions in chronic gastric disease, have been studied by the author. In six of these the attack was apparently due to the stomachtube. Other irritative causes than mechanical ones may, as is well-known, result in both general convulsions and in tetany, when the gastro-intestinal track is in question, but in several cases observed by the author it was manifest that the stomachtube was the prime factor of the disturbance. Tetany, from gastric irritation, has

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