The literature dealing with enteroptosis is a most voluminous one and I shall attempt nothing but a brief review of it. The subject is so unusually complex and presents so many different phases that it has led to much theoretical discussion, much of which has proven to be of little value. Our real advance and the best papers have come from those who have based their opinions on actual observations.
To Glénard,1 who in 1885 published his paper which to-day is a classic, belongs the credit of calling the attention of the profession to the existence of this condition. Glénard believed that the whole trouble came from a sinking of the hepatic flexure of the colon. From this conception he built a most elaborate theory, which we know to-day has but little on which to stand. Glénard,
SMITH RR. ENTEROPTOSIS, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO ITS ETIOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENTAND REMARKS ON THE RESULTS OF EXAMINATION OF FOUR HUNDRED WOMEN WITH REFERENCE TO THIS CONDITION. JAMA. 1910;55(22):1860–1865. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330220004004
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