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November 2, 1918

ETIOLOGY AND TREATMENT OF PRURITUS ANI: SUMMARY OF EIGHT YEARS' ORIGINAL RESEARCH WORK

Author Affiliations

SYRACUSE, N. Y.

JAMA. 1918;71(18):1449-1453. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600440001001
Abstract

With the exception of cancer, there is probably no disease that afflicts mankind the etiology of which has been so little understood as pruritus ani, vulvae and scroti. I might say that few other diseases have baffled the profession in its efforts to relieve patients as seriously as this.

In every book that contains a chapter on the subject, it is asserted that nearly every disease to which flesh is heir is a cause of pruritus ani, yet the recovery from the original diseases has left them with the same old pruritus. It would seem, therefore, that the profession might have formed a logical conclusion, eliminating nearly all of the so-called causes of pruritus ani, when it was seen that it continued after the disappearance of the various diseases that were supposed to have caused it.

For many years when the American Proctologic Society held its annual meetings, the members

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