THOMAS R. BROWN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The diagnosis of intra-abdominal pathology is extremely difficult. We have no method for exact diagnosis such as the electrocardiogram for the cardiac lesion, the blood in primary anemias, the urine and functional studies in the nephritides and the sputum in pulmonary tuberculosis. We are helped a little in making such diagnoses by the study of gastric and duodenal contents, more by study of the stool, much more by fluoroscopy and radiography of the digestive tract. The physical examination of the abdomen is of course essential; often, however, in its interpretation puzzling and indefinite. Therefore, in many cases, in making a
BROWN TR. ABDOMINAL PAIN: ITS SIGNIFICANCE AND DIAGNOSTIC VALUE1. Ann Intern Med. 1934;8:343–349. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-8-3-343
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