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February 15, 1936

The Management of Colitis

JAMA. 1936;106(7):566. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770070062033

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This is a short monograph discussing chronic ulcerative colitis, amebiasis, tuberculous colitis and mucous colitis. It is written in excellent style with a clear presentation of many controversial subjects. The material for the book is based on the author's and his colleagues' material gathered at the Mayo Clinic. In the opening chapter the anatomy, embryology and physiology of the colon are discussed with particular reference to their relationship with pathologic developments. The usual methods of study of a patient ill with diseases of the large intestine are mentioned, with emphasis on the important facts to be obtained. The chapter on chronic ulcerative colitis is lengthy, as one would expect from the author, because of his unusual grasp of the subject. He recapitulates his clinical and experimental evidence for a specific diplostreptococcus as an etiologic factor causing this disabling disease. His description of the pathologic features of the disease is excellent.

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