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Society Proceedings
September 1926


Am J Dis Child. 1926;32(3):453-480. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1926.04130090130018

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Observations on the Gastro-Intestinal Gradient and the Autonomous Nature of the Intestinal Musculature, with Reference to Their Practical Application in Clinical Medicine. Presented by Dr. D. M. Cowie, Dr. J. P. Parsons (by invitation) and Dr. F. H. Lashmet (by invitation).  This was a lantern slide demonstration, considering the history of the subject with particular reference to the work of Gaskel on the heart gradient in 1883, and of Alvarez on the gastro-intestinal gradient in 1913 to date. Attention was called to the autonomous nature of the circular and longitudinal muscle, as proved by the removal of the fibers of Meisner's and Auerbach's plexuses, and to the supposed controlling effect of these plexuses. Reference was also made to the peculiar area of tissue on the lesser curvature of the stomach near the cardia, where a pacemaker for the gastric gradient is thought to exist. These observations confirm the work of

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