During the last ten years attention has been called by a number of surgeons and medical men to certain conditions involving the colon. In these reports some observers have emphasized one group of facts and symptoms and others have reported other phenomena, until finally it now seems possible to correlate the accumulated evidence, to reconcile apparently contradictory facts and to build up out of what, for a time, seemed a puzzle of fragmentary bits of clinical observation a clear and well-defined picture of a pathologic entity, with fairly wellknown etiology, with a symptom-complex sufficiently definite to make its recognition possible and with a therapy based on a thorough understanding of the condition and on the results obtained in actual practice in a considerable number of cases. It is unfortunate that we have not a short descriptive term for this disease. I suggest that some one coin a new word which
BEVAN AD. DILATATION OF THE LARGE BOWEL. JAMA. 1912;LIX(2):112–114. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070113011
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