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Cannon-Dougherty reflex

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Reflex closure of the cardia. It was first described by Cannon and later rediscovered by Dougherty, who did the bulk of his work with ruminants, particularly sheep.

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  • W. B.Cannon:
    Acid closure of the cardia.
    American Journal of Physiology, Washington, 1908, 23: 105-114.
  • R. W. Dougherty and C. D. Meredith:
    Cinefluorographic studies of the ruminant stomach and of eructation.
    American Journal of Veterinary Research, Chicago, 1955, 16: 96-100.
  • R. W. Dougherty, R. E. Habel and H. E. Bond:
    Esophageal innervation and the eructation reflex in sheep.
    American Journal of Veterinary Research, 1958, 19: 115-128.

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