JOHN L. KANTOR, Ph.D., M.D.; LENNA F. COOPER, M.A.
The non-cathartic treatment of constipation includes, among other recognized measures, treatment by diet (vegetables, cereals, fruits, fats and water), and treatment by artificial bulk producers (mineral oil, agar, bassorin, psyllium seed, cellulose and bran). In recent years the artificial products have dominated the literature and have perhaps unduly impressed the mind of the practitioner. Useful as they may be to meet temporary conditions, it is now becoming realized that these substances cannot be employed indefinitely without the possibility of some interference with nutrition (Bastedo,2 Morgan12).
It therefore seems timely to refocus attention on the diet—for this after all must always
KANTOR JL, COOPER LF. THE DIETETIC TREATMENT OF CONSTIPATION WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO FOOD FIBER1. Ann Intern Med. ;10:965–978. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-10-7-965
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;10(7):965-978.
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