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December 25, 1909

TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC CONSTIPATION

Author Affiliations

HERKIMER, N. Y.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(26):2161-2162. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550260001001l

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Abstract

Although various methods of applying medication—diet, hydrotherapy, massage, etc.—in the treatment of chronic constipation have long been employed to the great benefit of multitudes of the afflicted, there has been lacking a treatment that is simple, convenient, effective and easy to be practiced by the patient. Of course, the treatment to be recommended to individuals must often vary. This is true, not only as regards their form of constipation, but also as regards all the abnormal conditions which accompany it and which should be given simultaneous attention. But it is of prime importance that all constipated individuals (especially children) should daily drink sufficient water and should, at the corresponding hour each day, visit the stool and there allow the slow, natural forces sufficient time to act, for in this way there is often established a habit of daily evacuation which is curative.

In cases in which a moderate amount of

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