Search tips
Search criteria 


Logo of jrsocmedLink to Publisher's site
J R Soc Med. 1983 March; 76(3): 183–186.
PMCID: PMC1438748

What is indigestion?


Ninety patients and 30 senior hospital doctors were questioned about indigestion and dyspepsia. There were marked discrepancies between the views of patients and doctors. Most doctors considered indigestion to be synonymous with dyspepsia and associated it with peptic ulcer. Patients, however, were not generally conversant with the term dyspepsia and linked indigestion with psychological factors, feeding patterns and bowel function rather than physical illness. The patients' concept of indigestion corresponded closely with medically-accepted features of irritable bowel syndrome. Uncritical use of these terms may lead to misinterpretation of the patient's complaint and inappropriate management.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (529K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • Campbell EJ, Scadding JG, Roberts RS. The concept of disease. Br Med J. 1979 Sep 29;2(6193):757–762. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

Articles from Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine are provided here courtesy of Royal Society of Medicine Press