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August 28, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(9):691. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680090069032

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To the Editor:  —Chicago has long been regarded by "twilight zone" practitioners as a lucrative and well protected hunting ground. Now we are being visited and exploited by the "colon therapists." During the last two years, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and even Baltimore have had their colonic "sewers" catheterized, irrigated and bug-implanted. Now Chicago must take its place in the ranks of the "autointoxicated," the "pepless," the "bugless" and the "pale and pasty.""Colonic therapy" has had an interesting and not unenlightening history. The Metchnikoff "chemists" gave it birth, but not until Sir Arbuthnot Lane fostered it with the vivid fanaticism of a "Billy" Sunday did the "poisonous cesspool" of man parade in accepted medical society. The disappointments that followed the myriad resections, "short-circuits" and entro-anastomoses advocated by Lane and his co-workers permitted this "new birth" therapy to languish, and up to three years since, the defenseless colon—to whose

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