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October 16, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(16):1271-1274. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680160019006

By the term "chronic ulcerative colitis" I refer to a disease of the colon which has been variously named by different writers on the subject. Such men as Wilks and Moxon, 1 White, 2 Hawkins, 3 Jex-Blake, 4 Bassler, 5 Stone, 6 Yeomans, 7 Lynch and McFarland, 8 Logan 9 and Bargen 10 have evidently been dealing with the same disease under such names as idiopathic ulcerative colitis, nonspecific ulcerative colitis, asylum dysentery, innominate ulcerative colitis, and chronic ulcerative colitis. With the exception of Logan and Bargen in their more recent writings, they all agree that the discovery of any specific cause, such as the bacillus of tuberculosis, bacillus of Shiga, bacillus of Flexner, or Endameba histolytica, in connection with the disorder of the colon, rules out the so-called nonspecific type. Certain writers have thought that Endameba histolytica attacked the intestine and produced conditions that resulted in the development of