Olive Oil in Gastric Troubles.
Those who have used olive oil in gastric troubles have become convinced that there is a field for the action of this remedy which is not thoroughly understood.
Bloch treated nineteen cases of gastric ulceration, a part of which were accompanied with pyloric stenosis, with the use of either olive or linseed oil given in a small quantity three times a day. This not only promoted the restoration of the strength of the patient, but relieved the pain.
Where from spasm of the pyloris there was enlargement of the stomach, the result was immediate and satisfactory. Where the stenosis was extreme, the results were most apparent.
This suggestion is a good one and I should be glad, if any reader has adopted a similar course, to receive a report of the result. The oil is nutritional in its influence and will do away with the necessity of so large a quantity of nutrition which the stomach may not receive well.
Should there be liver faults in conjunction with stomach difficulty the remedy would be of increased advantage.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.