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Novmber 21, 1959


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27 Prospect Park West Brooklyn 15, N. Y.

JAMA. 1959;171(12):1728. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010300102025

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To the Editor:—  With reference to the article entitled "New Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis" by Louis W. Granirer, which appeared in The Journal, Sept. 26, page 402, it would be most unfortunate if the writer would infer that ulcerative colitis should be treated by administration of gold salts and phenylbutazone and an unrestricted diet of roughage, fried and fatty foods, and pizza pie. I assume that such was not the author's intention. As a physician who has been duly battle-scarred through numerous encounters with chronic, acute, and fulminating cases of ulcerative colitis, I strenuously caution the general practitioner against making use of such short cuts to success.The author has reported the case of a critically ill patient who was dehydrated and in nutritional failure. By his own admission, "saline solution and blood were infused at a rapid rate." Antibiotics, corticosteroids, ACTH (intravenously), and vitamin B12 (subcutaneously) were also

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