Introduction: History and the Stomach
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Such themes are highly relevant today as medical professionals continue to debate the role of the mind in causing stomach complaints, as exempli ed by the issue of whether or not stress plays a de ning role in the production of gastric ulcers. Since the discovery of H pylori bacteria as the most likely cause of gastric ulcer disease in 1983, its treatment has tended to become predominantly reductionist in nature, as gastroenterologists express an inclination to eliminate bacteria in the stomach.1 is approach is contested by those wishing for greater interest in the patient and the potential role of environmental and psychosomatic factors in disease causation.2 e extent to which the patient as a whole should be incorporated into therapeutic regimes is therefore a problematic contemporary issue.