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Year : 1977  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 53-63

The logic of dyspeptic ulcer

Department of Anatomy, Seth G.S.Medical College, Parel, Bombay 400012, India

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M L Kothari
Department of Anatomy, Seth G.S.Medical College, Parel, Bombay 400012
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The cause and cure of a peptic ulcer are where medicine is least likely to look for-in medicine's irreverence for the vitally evolved acid, stomach and the pylorus, and in man's indifference towards their irrepressible urges, and needs. The so-called peptic ulcer is the dispensable tip of a dyspeptic iceberg, the dyspepsia, with or without duodenitis, giving rise to a symptom-complex that bears little correlation with what the physician can observe, in­vestigate or measure. Medicine's unabashed ignorance. of dyspepsial duodenitis/ulcer allows one to fall back on the patient for setting himself right. The best thing about the dyspeptic complex is its readiness to disappear. Dyspepsia, duodenitis, ulcer therefore re­present a state of ill-being, and not of pathology, visceral or psychic.

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