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July 18, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(3):151-153. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730030001001

Much confusion exists concerning foods to be eaten by persons who have intestinal disturbances. It is forgotten that the principal function of a major part of the large intestine is storage, that some absorption takes place in the right half of the colon, but that most of the digestion and absorption occurs in that part of the gastro-intestinal tract which is above the colon. The amount of confusion in regard to this is often startling, and it is not unusual to find people following totally inadequate diets for various actual or presumptive pathologic conditions. This is particularly emphasized when patients with inflammatory diseases of the colon present themselves for examination or observation. It is also forcibly brought to attention by the vast number of unfortunate persons who suffer from so-called irritable colon, with diarrhea of indeterminate origin, or constipation and intestinal flatulence.

Perhaps too much attention has been paid to