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September 14, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(11):915-918. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320110027001f

Mucous colitis is a subject of more than passing interest to the practitioner, to the internist and to the surgeon. It is so involved with constipation, neurasthenia and various surgical conditions that any illumination that can be thrown on the chaos in which the subject is now floundering will be worth the effort. To the general practitioner this disease is of importance, for the prophylaxis lies largely in his hands in the rational treatment of chronic constipation in its early stages and in the proper handling of incipient neurotics. To the internist the disease is of interest because of the diagnostic problems it may present and the numerous therapeutic difficulties to be surmounted before he can accomplish a restoration of health. The analysis of its etiologic and irritative relationship is of prime importance from a curative standpoint. It is not uncommonly closely allied with surgical conditions which aggravate and render

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