Medicine: Colonic Skulduggery

A fad for colonic irrigations has spread so widely over the U. S. that bluff Dr. Frank Hammond Krusen, supervisor of bumgut flushing at the Mayo Clinic, lost patience and wrote as follows for last week's issue of the American Medical Association Journal:

"This method of treatment has been outrageously exploited not only by the out-&-out charlatan but by the ignorant but nearly honest layman seeking to earn an income by giving irrigations for sundry diseases at so much per treatment. Finally, and most unfortunate of all, there are those within the ranks of...

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