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September 20, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(12):692-695. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480380028002c

I bring this subject before the Section on Diseases of Women because hemorrhoids so frequently accompany pathologic changes in the uterus and its adnexa. The gynecologist who does not treat the rectum can not get the best results.

From the time of Samuel, when, as is recorded, the men of Ashdod, Gaza, Askelon, Gath and Ekron had emerods in their secret parts, and I know not how long before this period, the treatment of hemorrhoids has been of interest. In those ancient times the priests instructed the Phillistines to prepare five golden images of the emerods which "mar the land," place them in the ark of the Lord and return them as a trespass offering to the Israelites, from whom they had taken it. This they did and were accordingly healed. The same act on the part of the laity prevails to-day, with this difference, the golden images are given