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Crohn's Disease: Progress Confounded

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Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Baltimore Md.

Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(1):137-138. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-76-1-137
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During the last 18 months a number of gastroenterologists have made overdue attempts (1-4) to assemble the facts about one of their most puzzling and difficult clinical problems, the peculiar form of inflammatory bowel disease known as regional enteritis or Crohn's disease. For nearly 40 years, this disorder, sometimes presenting acutely but usually insidiously, has become a more and more visible challenge to pathologists, surgeons, and internists. Cases of it were probably buried for many years among the more numerous patients with tuberculosis enteritis; now the rapid decline in prevalence of that entity has left exposed what seems to be


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