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THE MORBID STATES
THE STOMACH AND DUODENUM,
Relations to the Diseases of other Organs.
SAMUEL FENWICK, M. D.
MEMBER OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS,
FORMERLY LECTURER ON PATHOLOGICAL ANATOMY IN THE UNIVERSITY OY DURIAN.
LONDON: JOHN CHURCHILL AND SONS, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.
Some apology appears to be necessary in introducing a work on the Diseases of the Stomach, when so many excellent treatises on indigestion have been lately issued. There are, however, two aspects from which we may regard the morbid states of an organ. We may either view them simply as altering the anatomical structure and impairing the efficiency of the part affected; or as influencing other portions of the system, modifying the progress of various maladies, and giving rise to changes in the texture and functions of the different structures of which the body is composed. With the former point of view late writers have been chiefly occupied; to the latter I am anxious chiefly to direct the attention of my readers.
The practitioner is constantly consulted for symptoms apparently unconnected with the malady with which a patient may be affected; thus, a person whom he knows to labour under a disease of the heart or kidneys, may be habitually seeking relief for sensations indicating a derangement in the functions of the brain or stomach. And, in other cases, although the chief complaint may be of the disordered action of the organ whose structure is most notably altered,