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March 9, 1907

TURNIP TOP TREATMENT OF CHRONIC DIARRHEA AND AMEBIC DYSENTERY.

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BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(10):875-876. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220360033002b

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Abstract

Nothing has given more concern than the treatment of chronic diarrhea and dysentery. In reporting our experience in the treatment of such conditions with the boiled tops of the turnip, spinach, mustard and phytolacca we feel fully convinced of the specific action of this diet, and append the report of some cases so treated. Our attention was first called to this treatment during 1904 in the following manner: A patient, male, white, aged 28, consulted us for a chronic diarrhea. He had suffered for several months and had tried the various astringent and dietetic remedies commonly employed in such conditions. He was pale; had lost in flesh; had four to six stools a day with very little pain. The stools were chalky in color, semi-solid and very offensive. We advised him to go into a hospital, where he was put on rigid milk diet with astringent enemata. He grew worse,

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