JOHN R. PAINE, M.D.
Unlike many of our simpler medical and surgical instruments, mention of the stomach and duodenal tubes is not to be found in the classical writings of the ancient Greek and Arabian physicians. The history of the duodenal tube goes back only some 40 years while the somewhat uncertain origin of the stomach tube may be placed at about 144 years ago. Precursors of the stomach tube, however, were in common usage as early as the days of Imperial Rome.
In the time of the Emperor Claudius, it was common practice at the end of a
PAINE JR. THE HISTORY OF THE INVENTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE STOMACH AND DUODENAL TUBES1. Ann Intern Med. ;8:752–763. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-8-6-752
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1934;8(6):752-763.
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