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December 17, 1938

Chronic Intestinal Toxemia and Its Treatment with Special Reference to Colonic Therapy

JAMA. 1938;111(25):2329-2330. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790510077030

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Abstract

This is an earnest plea for the greater use of colonic irrigations. It is written by a physician who evidently is intelligent, earnest and thoroughly convinced of the value of the method. He starts out with somewhat of an inferiority complex, realizing fully that the medical profession has little faith in his hobby. It has no faith because it has been trying the method at intervals ever since the pyramids were built, and after each flare-up of favor it has watched the idea of intestinal intoxication die down again.

Today the principal users of the method are laymen, cultists and out-and-out charlatans. Obviously, any physician who hopes to overcome this handicap and convince the profession that it should again start washing colons must bring forward a large mass of well documented information. He must show that he is well educated, logical and thoroughly scientific in his presentation and weighing of

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