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January 25, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(4):253-255. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710300025007

In recent years, one of the subjects that have appeared most frequently in the literature and been freely discussed in medical societies is the subject of colitis. More attention is being paid to colitis in its various forms by physicians at the present time than ever before in medical history.

While it is true that acute and chronic inflammatory and ulcerative conditions involving the large intestine are being diagnosed and treated in greater numbers at present than heretofore, it is also true that overenthusiasm has led many practitioners astray.

On account of the intense interest taken in the subject of colitis by physicians in private and in sanatorium practice, the public has become obsessed with a colitis complex. Every deviation from the normal physiologic function of the colon is immediately labeled "colitis" and various forms of medicinal, vaccine, dietary, electrical, hydrotherapeutic and institutional forms of treatment are prescribed. In the

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