In the Journal of Mental Science for October of last year, Dr. Newth drew attention to a method of artificial feeding not generally known. For this method, which excludes ósophageal tubes and other appliances, he claims that it is so simple and easy that anyone can employ it. He adds, “It is also perfectly successful, and has never been attended with the slightest unpleasant or untoward consequences.” Briefly, liquid food is poured into the distended cheek of the patient, and from thence it trickles down the throat. Dr. Newth feels sure that if this method were generally known, and had a fair trial, the ósophageal tube would be little heard of in the future. He also states, as an objection to the use of the stomach-pump, that he has noticed that patients fed with it are liable to contract gangrene of the lung.
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