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July 18, 1885

COLO-PROCTITIS TREATED BY HOT WATER DOUCHE AND DILATATION OR DIVISION OF THE SPHINCTERS ANI.

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EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL MEDICINE IN THE NATIONAL MEDICAL COLLEGE, WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1885;V(3):63-65. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391030007001a
Abstract

In presenting the following cases intended to illustrate the special merit claimed for the plan of treatment recommended, I fully recognize the importance of confining myself to that particular form of disease which the clinical history of each case will demonstrate, and to differentiate it from those more for midable and graver affections such as deep-seated corroding ulcers, the various forms of stricture, and varieties of cancer which are met with in rectal diseases. Whilst the disease under consideration is usually of long standing, or chronic in its character, it is a pure non-malignant inflammation, confining itself almost entirely to the mucous or ub-mucous tissues, and resulting in some cases in small superficial necrobiotic ulcerations found just within the external sphincters; that such cases are often mistaken for simple dysentery and unwisely treated by injudicious medication as such, I have no doubt.

Case 1— In the fall of 1875 I

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