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Hospital admissions for peptic ulcer and indigestion in London and New York in the 19th and early 20th centuries
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  1. J H Baron1,
  2. A Sonnenberg2
  1. 1School of Medicine of Imperial College at London, UK and School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
  2. 2Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center and University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr A Sonnenberg, Gastroenterology, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Drive SE, Albuquerque NM 87108, USA;
    sonnbrg{at}unm.edu

Abstract

The occurrence of peptic ulcer increased rapidly in all Western countries from the 19th to the 20th century, attributed to a possible epidemic of Helicobacter pylori, a new pathogenic strain, or a change in host susceptibility. The early trends in hospital admissions for peptic ulcer and dyspepsia in London and New York during the 19th century are reviewed to test these hypotheses.

  • peptic ulcer
  • gastric ulcer
  • duodenal ulcer
  • epidemiology
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