Since the demonstration by gastroscopy of the frequent occurrence of chronic gastritis,1 gastroscopists have often stated that this disease does not show a definite symptom complex.2 Advanced gastric cancer and chronic round ulcer of the stomach may exist with mild or no subjective complaints, yet it is rare for chronic disease to exist anywhere in the body without being accompanied with some symptoms which aid the physician in his diagnostic attack on the organ involved. In the cases of mildest cystitis some tenesmus or urinary frequency points to possible disease of the bladder, just as diarrhea points to possible disease of the bowel. It would be a rare anomaly if the stomach remained free from all symptoms referable to it in advanced chronic inflammation of its walls.
With the idea of emphasizing a syndrome or at least of indicating symptoms most frequently present in chronic gastritis, we selected
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