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Abstract

  • 1
    The nature of ileus and the clinical problem it poses are discussed.
  • 2
    A consideration of the previous multiplicity of treatments is presented.
  • 3
    The concepts behind the present mode of treatment are outlined. This consists of removing the sympathetic inhibition of the alimentary tract in the condition and potentiating or supplementing tone.
  • 4
    Case histories are presented to illustrate the use of the drugs suggested, and the indications for therapy are discussed.
  • 5
    The mistaken concept that the gut is “paralysed” in ileus should be finally abandoned.