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September 1, 1883


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Tecumseh, Mich.

JAMA. 1883;I(8):248. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390080024007

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(For The Journal of the American Medical Association.)

In recent cases of prolapsus ani in young children, from the age of six months up to six years, the plan of treatment which has been adopted by me with uniform success is as follows: After each evacuation of the bowels, and when prolapsus has taken place, the nurse is instructed to carefully reduce the prolapsus, and to immediately inject into the rectum from two to four ounces of cold water containing from twenty drops to half a drachm of the fl. ex. hammamelis. This is continued from day to day until the parts are restored to health, which usually requires from one to four weeks.

During treatment if the bowels become constipated they should be regulated by an occasional dose of castor oil or some other mild laxative, and, in the meantime, all exciting causes must be removed, and the patient's

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