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The author subscribes to and enlarges upon the thesis that colonic stasis, stagnation and putrefaction, the consequence of bands, kinks, adhesions and other abnormalities are frequent causes of vague abdominal symptoms and chronic ill-health. Many patients, so ailing but giving none of the manifestations of the more obvious abdominal diseases, are in reality suffering from definite organic lesions, the presence of which most surgeons do not suspect, much less operate upon. Gray accepts in part the speculations of Lane but advances the hypothesis that most if not all kinks and adhesions are developmental abnormalies, the result of faulty descent of
The Colon as a Health Regulator—From a Surgeon's Point of View.. Ann Intern Med. ;11:1765–1766. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-9-1765_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;11(9):1765-1766.
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