ROGER S. HUBBARD, Ph. D.
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Physicians who feed hydrochloric acid to patients with achlorhydria sometimes seem to think that they are employing a form of replacement therapy as they do when they inject insulin into diabetics or when they feed thyroid to myxedematous subjects. Such similies are not correct. Hydrochloric acid secreted by the stomach is formed by the gastric glands from material in the blood stream. As a result of this withdrawal of acid ions the reaction of the body fluids tend to become more alkaline. Later the hydrochloric acid is neutralized in the intestinal canal. The ultimate source of the alkali for this
HUBBARD RS. Note on the Systematic Effect of Hydrochloric Acid in Patients with Achlorhydria. Ann Intern Med. 1931;4:1203–1205. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-4-9-1203
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;4(9):1203-1205.
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