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May 1931


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From the Medical Department of the Children's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1931;41(5):1086-1099. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940110080006

Gastric analysis has gone through periods of popularity and periods of neglect. Observations on children between the ages of 4 years and puberty are comparatively few. In most instances the subject has been approached from a pathologic standpoint. We recently had occasion to do a number of gastric analyses on a series of children complaining of gastro-intestinal disturbances. We found that we were unable to interpret or evaluate our observations because of the lack of standards for normal children, except those given by Hurwitz for the Ewald meal. Various averages are obtainable for the adult, but we do not know whether these figures apply to the young child. Therefore, a study of analyses of the gastric contents of the normal child using the fractional method or histamine seemed to us essential at this time. The number of children we have examined is limited and will need to be elaborated in

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