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October 20, 1923

Erkrankungen des Rectum und Sigmoideum: Pathologie, Diagnostik, Verlauf, und klinische Therapie.

JAMA. 1923;81(16):1384. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650160058036

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In a fairly concise and clear manner, Dr. Strauss discusses the various affections of the rectum and sigmoid. He points out, quite advisedly, that the statistics of frequency of these disturbances vary with the type of the practice of the physicians consulted. The internist sees fewer organic diseases of these parts than the gynecologist or the surgeon. The author lays stress on three important methods of examination: proctoscopy, digital examination and roentgenoscopy. In the description of mucous colitis, to which considerable space is devoted, he does not lay much stress, as do some of the other German gastro-enterologists, on the rôle of cathartics as an etiologic factor. He, like Van Noorden, favors an anticonstipation diet. While no space is devoted to surgical measures, for which the reader is referred to the proper sources, the author favors the injection method of treatment of hemorrhoids in selected cases. Appendicostomy, rather than ileostomy,

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