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The Rôle of the Bowel in Chronic Arthritis

Ann Intern Med. 1933;6(7):913-920. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-6-7-913
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The bowel is usually mentioned as a possible origin of the varied nerve, muscle, and joint syndromes characterizing chronic infectious or atrophic (American Committee for the Control of Rheumatism) arthritis. The colon has been taken to be a focus of infection, the source of bacterial toxins or the seat of autointoxication. Free action of the bowels has always been advocated in the treatment of arthritis. Numerous medicinal and mechanical measures have been elaborated to secure this. The adnexa of the bowel, the appendix and gall-bladder, have played prominent rôles as possible foci of infection. Fletcher and Graham1 found the colon


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