In the treatment of ulcer of the stomach in its various forms we have to-day two general methods—medical treatment and surgical treatment.
In cases of simple, uncomplicated ulcer, that is, ulcer with or without hemorrhage, uncomplicated by permanent obstruction of the pylorus, or perforation, medical treatment offers an efficient, though not an absolutely certain, means of cure. This treatment gives in this class of cases almost universally good results as regards immediate relief or temporary and, if the treatment is thoroughly carried out, excellent results as regards permanent cure.
The efficiency of the treatment as regards the after-results or permanent cure is dependent to a large extent on its thoroughness. In cases in which treatment is completely carried out, that is, when strict treatment is enforced for a considerable period, a period of at least four months, and when a proper manner of living is pursued subsequently, complete cure may