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October 14, 1933


Author Affiliations

Montclair, N. J.

JAMA. 1933;101(16):1254. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740410056025

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, recently, inquiries were made regarding the possible origin of the use of the milk and molasses enema. One of these letters states that Dr. Senn over forty years ago found in his investigations that it was in common use in India and possibly its first employment originated there.My own professional work dates to early 1883. The three previous years, while a student, I had the privilege of riding with my grandfather, a physician of wide experience, over a large country field. I found him at that time using this formula frequently and I recall his stating to me that it was an old and valuable therapeutic measure.I have no knowledge of it beyond this. He was educated in the Yale University Medical School, graduating about 1834. Something like twenty years ago two surgeons in the Mountainside Hospital began using the milk and

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