October 1973

Diet Management for Ulcerative Colitis.

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San Francisco


By Map Hanson, BA, MA. Price, $6.50. Pp 66. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(4):628. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650100136042

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In her Preface, the author states that this booklet was written as the result of the successful dietary management of one patient—her own husband. Physicians of scientific bent, even those without much interest in such, may read no further; they will find the time well saved. Based on the premise that in some instances ulcerative colitis is caused by hypersensitivity to certain foods, the book presents lists of acceptable foods and those to be avoided.

Patients whose doctors prescribe the book may be confused when they read that pork is to be avoided, but bacon is allowed; veal is prohibited, but lean beef is permitted. Physicians may further object to the author's insistence that patients compulsively record the number of "daily B.M's" thus further focusing attention on the colon. In the opinion of many this will do more harm than good.

The booklet does contain useful information about commercial sources

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