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October 1933

La constipation: Comment l'éviter? Comment la guérir?

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1933;52(4):647-648. doi:10.1001/archinte.1933.00160040153011

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This book, now in its second edition, is an inclusive summary of the art of treating the constipated patient; it contains a systematic review of possible causes of constipation, with descriptions of treatment by medicine, hydrotherapy, physical therapy and surgical measures. Since the book is apparently not intended to be scientific, one cannot complain of features which would otherwise be objectionable; these include the absence of clinical or experimental proof of important assumptions, the lack of a bibliography and index, the uncritical repetition of such statements as the one that "savages defecate three times a day," and the unneces sarily unctuous descriptions of a mineral water as "highly mineralized" and "rich in chlorides." The section on surgical treatment sketches briefly a repertory of ectomies, pexies and plicatures for the technical details of which the reader is referred to another work, and mention is made of methods of intestinal antisepsis and

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