It is no longer necessary even to affirm that constipation due to displacements, distortions or malformations of the intestines is frequently the cause of various forms of persistent ill health. The demonstration, clinical and pathologic, has been made so frequently and so conclusively that the relationship has become accepted as axiomatic and fundamental. It is no longer a matter of surprise when a progressive practitioner states that constipation is the underlying cause of successively systemic infection, toxemia, acidosis and terminal edemas. This new point of view has come to be accepted by the profession as explanatory of many chronic headaches, neuralgias and rheumatisms; of many anemias and neurasthenias; of many digestive troubles, including ulcer of the stomach; of various disorders of the secretory organs, such as Bright's disease and cirrhosis — conditions heretofore recognized as separate diseases but now known to be correlated results of a common origin, or, in
REED CAL. TREATMENT OF CONSTIPATION: BY CONSERVATIVE SURGICAL CORRECTION OF RETARDATIVE DISPLACEMENTS OF THE COLON. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(14):986–990. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590140002002
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