Amyl nitrite has been used extensively in the treatment for angina pectoris and hypertension since its introduction by Lauder Brunton in 1867. Numerous observations, both clinical and experimental, have been made on the action of nitrites on the circulatory system, but very little attention has been directed toward other possible actions of these compounds. The only clinical observations made on the action of the nitrites on the gastro-intestinal tract are those of Reigel and Frank, Pal, and Holmes and Dresser, already referred to in a previous paper.1 The only experimental work is that of Hirschfelder, who found that nitrites caused cessation of peristalsis in rabbits and cats suffering from experimental lead colic, and who also showed that this action was not vascular in origin but probably a direct action on the intestines.
In a clinical study of the effect of nitrites on the gastro-intestinal tract, it has been found that
BEAMS AJ, BARLOW OW. THE EFFECT OF NITRITES ON THE MOTILITY OF THE GASTRO-INTESTINAL TRACT: II. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;49(2):276–281. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150090106012
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