The Adventures of M.D. Levitt, M.D.

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

A headlined adventurer
compiled by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff

Michael D. Levitt is a researcher at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His adventures are such that observers can enjoy them even in headline form. Here, then, are mostly-headline looks at several of Dr. Levitt’s many published works.

Levitt on Gas, 1976
“Studies of a Flatulent Patient,” M.D. Levitt, R.B. Lasser, J.S. Schwartz, and J.H. Bond,
New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 295, no. 5, July 1976, pp. 260-2.

Levitt on Gas, 1978 (1)
Gaseousness and Intestinal Gas,” J.H. Bond and M.D. Levitt, Medical Clinics of North America, vol. 62, no. 1, January 1978, pp. 155-64.

Levitt on Gas, 1978 (2)
Follow-Up of a Flatulent Patient,” M.D. Levitt, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, vol. 24, no. 8, August 1979, pp. 652-4.

Levitt on Gas, 1980
Flatulence,” M.D. Levitt and J.H. Bond, Annual Review of Medicine, vol. 31, February 1980, pp. 127-37.

Levitt on Knowledge, 1987
“Only the Nose Knows,” M.D. Levitt, Gastroenterology, vol. 93, no. 6, December 1987, pp. 1437-8.

Levitt on Gas, 1996
The Relation of Passage of Gas and Abdominal Bloating to Colonic Gas Production,” M.D. Levitt, J. Furne, and S. Olsson, Annals of Internal Medicine, vol. 124, no. 4, February 1996, pp. 422-4.

Levitt on Gas, 1998
Evaluation of an Extremely Flatulent Patient: Case Report and Proposed Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approach,” M.D. Levitt, J. Furne, M.R. Aeolus, and F.L. Suarez, American Journal of Gastroenterology, vol. 93, no. 11, November 1998, pp. 2276-81.

Levitt on Rats, 1992
Shaking of the Intact Rat and Intestinal Angulation Diminish the Jejunal Unstirred Layer,” M.D. Levitt, J.K. Furne, and D.G. Levitt, Gastroenterology, vol. 103, no. 5, November 1992, pp. 1460-6.

Levitt on Gas Claims, 1997
Tolerance to the Daily Ingestion of Two Cups of Milk by Individuals Claiming Lactose Intolerance,” F.L. Suarez, D. Savaiano, P. Arbisi, and M.D. Levitt, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 65, no. 5, May 1997, pp. 1502-6.

We reported previously that consumption of one cup of milk (240 mL) per day produced negligible symptoms in lactase-nonpersistent (LNP) individuals self-described as being severely lactose intolerant. We hypothesized that such LNP individuals could also tolerate two cups of milk per day if taken in two widely divided doses with food, and that psychologic factors play a role in perceptions of lactose intolerance.... [Our] results showed that neither LNP group had a significant increase in symptoms... We conclude that LNP subjects tolerate two cups of milk per day without appreciable symptoms. [People self-described as] LNP subjects have underlying flatulence that is misattributed to lactose intolerance. [There is a] high rate of dissimulation by LNP subjects.

Levitt on Gas, 2000 (1)
An Understanding of Excessive Intestinal Gas,” F.L. Suarez and M.D. Levitt, Current Gastroenterological Reports, vol. 2, no. 5, October 2000, pp. 413-9.

Levitt on Gas, 2000 (2)
Morning Breath Odor: Influence of Treatments on Sulfur Gases,” F.L. Suarez, J.K. Furne, J. Springfield, and M.D. Levitt, Journal of Dental Research, vol. 79, no. 10, October 2000, pp. 1773-7.

Levitt on Gas, 2001
Gas Production by Feces of Infants,” T. Jiang, F.L. Suarez, M.D. Levitt, S.E. Nelson, E.E. Ziegler,
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, vol. 32, no. 5, May 2001, pp. 534-41.

Levitt on Gas, 2005
Effectiveness of Devices Purported to Reduce Flatus Odor,” H. Ohge, J.K. Furne, J. Springfield, S. Ringwala, and M.D. Levitt, American Journal of Gastroenterology, vol. 100, no. 2, February 2005, pp. 397-400.

[Ed. note: We found more articles on Dr. Levitt and his research, at Discover Magazine and Salon.]

[Ed. note 2: Dr. Levitt is not to be confused with the Dr. Michael Levitt in Australia.]

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