Reviews SOUNDINGS

The gas we pass

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.925-a (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:925
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    Benjamin Franklin once wrote that “it is universally known that in digesting our common food there is produced in the bowels of human creatures a great quantity of wind.” As escaping gas is offensive because of its smell, and retained gas causes pain and disease, he wished one would discover a drug that “shall render the natural discharges of wind from our bodies, not only inoffensive, but agreeable as perfumes.”

    Alas, no such …

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