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March 2, 1901

Diseases of the Intestines. A Text-Book for Practitioners and Students of Medicine.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(9):584-585. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470090048021

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This treatise is a continuation of the author's work on "Diseases of the Stomach," the two volumes thus covering the principal disorders of the digestive tract. The anatomy and physiology of the intestinal canal are briefly and clearly described. Methods of examination are discussed, but we find no mention of the elevated position so important in proctoscopy nor of the long tubular specula for use in examining the lower bowel. The introduction of the whole hand and arm into the rectum, according to Simon, should only be mentioned to be condemned as it is scarcely possible to conceive of a condition in which such a procedure would be necessary.

A duodenal ulcer is defined as "A defect in the mucous membrane of the duodenum." As a scar is as much a defect as an ulcer the definition is not a good one.

The definition of hemorrhoids is also incorrect, as

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