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January 27, 1940

The Rectum and Colon

JAMA. 1940;114(4):351. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810040061040

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The first chapter contains a brief discussion of the anatomy of the terminal portion of the colon. The second chapter, on methods of examination, contains many illustrations of surgical instruments. Two illustrations show the Sims and knee-chest positions. The third chapter, on anorectal symptoms, includes discussions of bleeding, pain, pruritus, variation in bowel habits and protrusion. These subjects are dealt with briefly. The remainder of the book is composed of chapters on anal pruritus, anesthesia, preoperative and postoperative care, fissure, hemorrhoids, prolapse, perirectal and rectal infections, fistula, venereal lymphopathy, other infectious genital diseases, diarrhea and colitis, tuberculosis and actinomycosis, diverticulosis and diverticulitis, benign tumors, multiple polyposis, carcinoma, melanosis, magacolon and volvulus, and injuries and foreign bodies.

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