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January 27, 1917

Yellow Petrolatum—Vesicorectal Reflex—The Treatment of Intestinal Stasis

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(4):304. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270010304022

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To the Editor:  —To those who believe, as I do, that some form of lubrication of the large intestine is desirable in the treatment of autointoxication from intestinal stasis, let me recommend common yellow petrolatum in place of oil injections or of liquid petrolatum by the mouth. From 1 to 4 heaping teaspoonfuls a day, by mouth, will generally produce soft or semiliquid stools without the least griping. It is decidedly more efficacious than the liquid petrolatum, which frequently passes right by fecal masses without mixing with them or causing their expulsion; while the yellow petrolatum mixes thoroughly with the bowel contents and is never expelled by itself. This also makes it a much more decent form of treatment than that by liquid petrolatum, which often causes a most disagreeable leakage. The yellow petrolatum has somewhat of the latter advantage over the oil injections, to say nothing of what it

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