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December 6, 1913

Disease of the Rectum and Pelvic Colon.

JAMA. 1913;61(23):2093. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350240067042

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In his description of the anatomy of the anus, rectum and pelvic colon, Bodkin brings out many minor anatomic points that are of paramount importance clinically, the knowledge of which is absolutely essential to a proper understanding of the symptoms, clinical course and treatment of many rectal diseases. The chapters on rectal carcinoma and rectal stricture give well-tried and proved methods of treatment. In the chapter on hemorrhoids, several operative technics are minutely described. The point is made that the treatment should be adapted to the type and the location of the hemorrhoid in each case. Local anesthesia is recommended and urged in all cases that do not require a stretching of the sphincter. The ordinary pyrography cautery is recommended as efficient and is used by the author in place of the more expensive instruments. The chapters on fissure and fistula give in detail the techinc necessary to diagnose and

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