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A hundred and fifty years ago. Vagal compression for nervous affections. Practitioner April 2018;262(1814):29

150 years ago: Vagal compression for nervous affections

23 Apr 2018Registered users

On expressing my satisfaction at the improvement in her health and the increased range of foods that she was able to use with impunity, I found that she had been in the habit of applying vagal compression herself. Whenever any considerable irritation of the stomach was felt after eating, instead of waiting until the symptoms became severe, she immediately applied slight pressure on the vagus, thus arresting the symptoms at their début, and digestion was completed without further inconvenience.

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