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March 5, 1932

Modern Proctology.

JAMA. 1932;98(10):842. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730360064034

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One wonders why every writer of a new book speaks of proctology as a neglected field. It seems that there are countless books written on this limited subject. With few exceptions, little new has been added. The author devotes considerable space to the anatomy of the rectal area and to methods of examination, and one chapter to a description of methods of anesthesia. In general, the subject matter dealing with diseases of the anus and rectum is well presented. One might differ with the author in advising retention oil enemas of 10 ounces instead of much less or in prescribing liquid petrolatum and mild purgations to establish regulation of evacuations. No mention is made of the possible rôle of allergy in causation of pruritus ani and of mucous colitis. How much benefit can the oral administration of 0.65 Gm. of bismuth subnitrate or 0.3 Gm. of phenyl salicylate or sulphonated

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