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To the Editor:—
In the Correspondence section of The Journal, July 10, Dr. W. K. McCandliss cites a case of obstipation in which a bowel evacuation did not occur for forty days.In Samson Wright's textbook of Applied Physiology (ed. 6, New York, Oxford University Press, 1936) there appears the following (p. 565):A case is recorded of a man who went from June 18, 1900, to June 21, 1901, without a motion. Towards the end of that time he belched a good deal and suffered from some pain; the abdomen was distended; he felt weak and lost some weight. After the colon was cleaned out he recovered rapidly.
Goodman L. FORTY DAYS' CONSTIPATION. JAMA. 1937;109(10):809. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780360057021