Reviewing the literature, one finds that a surprising paucity of work has been done in roentgen-ray examination of the infant stomach, and that workers disagree strikingly in their observations and conclusions. Of ten significant articles written on the examination of the infant stomach, only three appear in English. The others are in German.
The present work was undertaken as a preliminary step in the investigation of the so-called "peristolic" function of the stomach (discussed in detail on page 69). In addition to presenting our observations and conclusions concerning the form, size, position, air bubble and emptying-time of the stomach, this work may also serve as a résumé of the existing literature on the examination of the infant stomach by roentgen ray.
REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
Before stating our findings it will be of interest to review the results and opinions of the chief workers in this field.The question of