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August 27, 1910

Current Comment

JAMA. 1910;55(9):783-784. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330090057021

COMMON SENSE TREATMENT OF DISTURBANCES OF THE BOWELS  In the Therapeutic Department of this issue is brought out an important matter: the necessity of regulation of the diet to correct disturbances of the bowels. It would be absurd to suggest that physicians are not mindful of this necessity, but it is certainly true that quite often not so much study of individual cases is made as the condition deserves. It is well to remember that a little change in diet may be far more effective than the small doses which it is possible to give of antiseptics, digestants, or correctives. This point was emphasized last week in the Pharmacology Department, in the comment on the futility of giving minute amounts of digestants. It should ever be kept in mind that food may be either a most potent agency for repair or a tremendous handicap.


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