Medicine: The Little Bypaths

The disease of the large bowel that kept Secretary John Foster Dulles bedfast in Walter Reed Army Hospital last week (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS) was considered rare until the turn of the century. Since then, with X-ray techniques constantly improving, it has become clear that diverticulosis is one of the commonest disorders of the aging, though often it gives no trouble. But diverticulitis severe enough to send the victim to a hospital has become a routine diagnosis.

A diverticulum (Latin for a small bypath) of the large bowel is a little pouch or sac formed...

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