Although there has been a very marked increase of frequency and prominence in gastro-intestinal literature, anorectal diseases have not received the general consideration they merit. Many physicians do not display any hesitancy in frankly admitting that they are unfamiliar with these diseases, which are sufficiently numerous and various to demand specialization. This apparent indifference to or, rather, neglect of anorectal diseases by so large a percentage of physicians is not easy of solution, and I will not venture to offer any possible explanation. With the increasing attention that is being devoted to the medical aspect of surgical problems, it is somewhat encouraging to note that there is a perceptible increase in the number of physicians who are really interested in the subject of proctology. Recently it was stated that "the important rôle of anorectal diseases is only beginning to be accorded the serious attention so long claimed by the tonsils
GRAHAM AB. ANORECTAL DISEASES: PRESENT STATUS OF DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT. JAMA. 1927;89(10):779–782. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690100041011
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