Medicine: Speaking of Ulcers

Last week the American Journal of Digestive Diseases brought into the open a bitter dispute of long standing between physicians and surgeons. Ulcers of the stomach, most doctors believe, are caused by too much acid in the digestive juices. Too much acid corrodes the stomach lining at sensitive points, leaving a raw wound. But why some people have a constant gush of acid, instead of a gentle trickle at mealtime, is a mystery to doctors. Certain it is that tobacco and alcohol do a delicate stomach no good. Many authorities hold that ulcers are...

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