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Re: Why do people Vomit?

Date: Mon Mar 27 08:33:04 2000
Posted By: Ronald McGregor, M.D. Anesthesiology, Decatur Memorial Hospital
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 952100992.Me

Vomiting is a complex reflex act common not only to people but also to lower animals possessing an alimentary tract and is basically a protective mechanism to eliminate toxic or irritating substances from the body. In humans it can be initiated by emotional, chemical(certain drugs), or physical stimulation. For an in depth discussion see Best & Taylor, The Physiological Basis of Medical Practice, Sixth Edition, pp. 572-75 (or later editions)

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