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November 14, 1891

Diagnosis And Treatment of Hæmorrhoids and other Non-malignant Rectal Diseases.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(20):781. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410980039011

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This book is principally devoted to recommendation of the treatment of hæmorrhoids by carbolic acid. The author's directions for making rectal examinations are excellent, and the author has given some valuable suggestions for treatment of these troublesome affections.

While the author's experience with carbolic acid is at variance with that of Andrews and others who have made a study of it, we cannot close our eyes to the fact that the "irregulars" are making the most of its use, and that there must be a much larger proportion of cures from it than is commonly supposed by the profession generally. It is really worth while to ask whether, in throwing away carbolic acid, we are not rather yielding to our disinclination to adopt anything from outside the professional pale.

We infer from frequent references to persons known to be " homœopathic," that our author belongs to that ilk, but nothing in

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