Chronic diarrhea can be temporarily relieved by rest, strict diet, antiseptic, astringent and antiperistaltic drugs and irrigation through the anus, but often recurs when the patient returns to business, eats normally and discontinues medication.
Chronic inflammation or ulceration of the intestine, however produced, is often difficult to cure except by surgical intervention. By operation and irrigation, I have permanently cured many diarrhea patients who had been previously treated for months or years by nonsurgical measures.
Up-to-date physicians and surgeons realize that removal or direct treatment of bowel lesions is essential to the successful handling of many types of chronic diarrhea; and I hold that the time has arrived for the profession to give "intestinal stasis" a rest and to devote its attention to the operative treatment of otherwise incurable chronic diarrhea.
The family physician must be taught to differentiate between different types of frequent movements that he may intelligently treat
GANT SC. SURGICAL TREATMENT OF CHRONIC ENTEROCOLONIC DIARRHEA. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(19):1603-1606. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590460029007