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It is, however, stiff enough to enable it to pass readily the isthmus of the pharynx, even in patients who have never submitted to the opera¬ tion before. It is longer than other tubes, and this increases the aspiratory power of the siphon. A small glass tube is inserted in its course, which enables us to see whether the fluids to be passed into or with¬ drawn from the stomach flow readily. This is especially useful when gavage is practiced. Finally, the gastric extremity of Fremont's tube isdoi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420860027014 fatcat:ejhlb6gjgfh6hplq5ckawjrw2u