JOHN DUDLEY DUNHAM, A.B., M.D.
The synonyms by which this disease is known are numerous and confusing. Writers have used the terms: Myxorrhea coli, muco-membranous colitis, myxoneurosis intestinalis membranacea, hypochondriasis pituitosa, catarrhal colitis, and chronic intestinal catarrh, most of which are misnomers.
The few necropsies (1) performed on patients dead of this disease when uncomplicated reveal no evidence of an inflammation of the large bowel.
Hence, colitis conveys a very erroneous conception. Cabot's (2) suggestion "colica mucosa" is better, though the part affected is not mentioned.
Colonic vagotonia covers the part involved as well as the etiologic factor. The first description of this disease has
DUNHAM JD. Mucous Colitis (Colonic Vagotonia)1. Ann Intern Med. ;1:9–12. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-1-1-9
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1927;1(1):9-12.
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