Medicine: Emotionless Stomach

It is not often that doctors get a patient with a window in his stomach, but when they do, they make the most of it. From the first such case that was carefully studied, in the 1820s,* they garnered many details of the mechanisms of digestion; in more recent cases they studied the psychosomatic relationships between the emotions and the stomach. But always the doctors had to deal with a patient whose feelings (and stomach reactions) were his and his alone, the product of all his heredity and environment. To find out how the...

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