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June 3, 1916

Colon Hygiene. Comprising New and Important Facts Concerning the Physiology of the Colon and an Account of Practical and Successful Methods of Combating Intestinal Inactivity and Toxemia.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(23):1813. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580490061028

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This book is written for the layman, yet "the writer does not desire to convey the impression that the sufferer from severe constipation can safely undertake to act as his own physician, but rather to enable him to cooperate with the wise up-to-date physician." The subject of constipation is discussed thoroughly in all its phases; but what is said could have been said in much less space, had there not been so much repetition. Many statements are repeated over and over again. The author may have thought this necessary to impress them on the lay mind; but too much repetition becomes tiresome, even to the layman. If the object of the book is to make the layman believe that he is sick and that his sickness is due to the fact that his bowels do not move often enough, it will probably accomplish its purpose. It is quite proverbial that

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