Medicine: Nerve Cut for Ulcers

At Chicago's Billings Hospital, 97 men & women suffering from severe stomach and intestinal ulcers have submitted during the past three years to a revolutionary operation for their disorder. Its discoverer: Dr. Lester Reynold Dragstedt, gentle, stooped professor of surgery at the University of Chicago Medical School. His operation: opening the patient's chest above the diaphragm, cutting the two vagus nerves where they lead to the stomach and intestines.

Of the 97 Billings patients, all but two were cured of their ulcers. One of the failures died of bronchial pneumonia after the operation; the other, a neurotic, thought it did not help.

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