Medicine: Drug for Ulcers

Dr. Keith S. Grimson, professor of surgery at Duke University, had relieved a lot of peptic ulcers with a combination of tricky operations. But for three years he had been looking for a way to get the same kind of result without surgery. Last week Duke's Grimson announced that he and two associates had succeeded—with a drug called banthine.

Ulcer sufferers seem to have an overactive vagus nerve. When it is working too hard, the nerve causes the stomach to secrete too much acid, contract too energetically and spill its contents too fast—perhaps within...

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