Medicine: Hormones for Ulcers

When the digestive system begins to digest itself, the result is ulcers. Doctors have tried everything from soup substitutes to surgery, but have found no sure prevention or cure. Famed Physiologist Andrew Conway Ivy, vice president of the University of Illinois, has been experimenting for a dozen years or so with a hormone called enterogastrone, found in normal small intestines of men and animals. Finding that the hormone cured ulcers in animals, he began using it five years ago on human beings.

Last week, at the centennial celebration of Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Ivy reported his findings to date. He...

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