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December 16, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(25):2100. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640250054026

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Von Noorden Lectures on Chronic Enterocolitis  Professor von Noorden of Frankfort has given a lecture on chronic enterocolitis at the Madrid Medical School. From this category, he excludes the serious forms of the disease, having as a pathologic base an ulcerative or infiltrating colitis. He considers ulcerative colitis as due to colonic or dysenteroid bacteria, and infiltrating colitis as due to septic germs that have lodged in the intestinal wall. Purposely, he did not touch on amebic colitis or on the types of the disease caused by Lamblia or Cercomonas, which are common and are adequately treated with ipecac preparations. Von Noorden is skeptical as to the etiologic rôle of B. paratyphosus B, and he centered his discussion on cases presenting no demonstrable infection by pathogenic germs. So far, no bacteriologist has been able to find any specific pathogenic organism in the condition described as chronic enterocolitis and such bacteria

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