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October 19, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(16):1398-1399. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810420084042

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NORMAL LIFE AFTER REMOVAL OF RECTUM  Condensation of a paper written by a layman who has developed a technic for caring for a colostomy which enables him to carry on an active life cheerfully. This grateful patient hopes that the routine which he has developed after periods of trial and error will encourage and inspire fellow sufferers to a bright outlook on life.—Ed.A year ago I consulted a surgeon for what I believed was a slight rectal ailment. He told me that I had cancer of the rectum and that I would have to undergo an operation involving removal of the rectum and terminating of the bowel tract in a colostomy. After he explained that this would mean that, even if the operation was entirely successful, I would have no control over excretion of fecal matter, I cared little whether I survived the operation or not. Today after this

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