P. B. WELCH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Some years ago (1924) while the effect of feeding upon the muscular activity of the colon was being studied,1 it seemed that a similar investigation of the muscular activity of the stomach might satisfactorily explain the almost constantly presented symptom of epigastric distress, the distress usually described by the patient as "gas." A perhaps cursory survey of the literature failed to supply any satisfactory physiopathologic explanation of the association of this symptom complex with so many different kinds and gradations of abdominal pathologic lesions or disturbed functions.
It seemed opportune to make a beginning at least by recording exactly what
WELCH PB. A GRAPHIC STUDY OF THE CHANGES IN THE MUSCULAR ACTIVITY OF THE STOMACH ASSOCIATED WITH CERTAIN EPIGASTRIC SYMPTOMS1. Ann Intern Med. ;7:251–256. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-7-2-251
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1933;7(2):251-256.
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