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Alfred Stengel Memorial Lecture: The Therapeutic Role of Corticotropin and the Adrenal Steroids in Inflammatory Disease of the Digestive Tract.

W. L. Palmer, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(4):727. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-58-4-727_2
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In North America, although probably not in many other areas of the world, the most common chronic inflammatory diseases of bowel are ulcerative colitis, regional enteritis, and so-called ileocolitis. Whether these conditions be entities or related disorders is not yet established. The drugs producing the most dramatic influence upon their course are corticotropin and the adrenal steroids. As so often happens, these most effective agents are also the most dangerous. The intent of this presentation is to delineate further the indications for their use and the results to be expected, together with the limitations and hazards of therapy and the


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