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July 10, 1937

The Colon as a Health Regulator—From a Surgeon's Point of View: The Effects and Treatment of Its Developmental Abnormalities

JAMA. 1937;109(2):157. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780280063031

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Abstract

Here is a theory that we have all heard before; namely, that one can make over a half crazy, constitutionally inadequate and sickly person either by dividing adhesions around the colon when they can be found or else by making a large bunch of traumatic adhesions when congenital ones happen to be absent. Sir Henry Gray's poor opinion of the critical faculties of the medical profession is to be found rather frankly expressed in his statement to the effect that "less privileged members of the profession may be tempted to cast the book aside as being another fantastic result of a gospel preached by Sir William Arbuthnot Lane, which was at first ridiculed by many theorists whose chief stimulus to a thoughtless opposition was supplied apparently by jealousy of his personal success." Apparently Sir Henry was spared somehow from contact with the procession of miserable human wrecks which, fifteen or

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