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July 14, 1923

The Conquest of Constipation.

JAMA. 1923;81(2):158. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650020076035

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This is a rather sensible book that a physician might recommend to a patient suffering from functional or psychic constipation. The book starts with a brief discussion of the physiology of digestion and the results of constipation. The author is sufficiently conservative to state that "in most cases the effects are not as severe as is often alleged, nor are the symptoms of constipation always results of poisoning." He then discusses hygiene, diet and a few harmless remedial measures. He advises that physicians be consulted periodically, and that the child be instructed to look on the physician as a friend. He warns against proprietary remedies in constipation, for which, he says, $50,000,000 is spent every year in this country. The sales of one laxative for infants and children average almost $1,500,000 annually.

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