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September 11, 1886


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JAMA. 1886;VII(11):290-293. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250090038003

The physiological resources—or, better still, the resources answering to physiological indication—which the physician has at his command for the relief and cure of chronic constipation, may, for purposes of analysis and classification, be referred to three subdivisions.

First.  —Chronic constipation is quite often habitual constipation, and is to be most effectually combatted by habitual and systematic attention to the demands of nature in a periodic evacuation of the bowels. Success along this line involves exceptional intelligence, and resolution, and confidence, on the part of the patient. The poet Cowper has well expressed the difference of task in the formation of a habit and reformation in the stanza—" Habits are soon assumed; but when we strive To strip them, ' tis being flayed alive!"It is far easier to swallow an occasional or a frequent pill than it is to adopt the system required for the removal of a bad habit