Fiber-Deficiency and Diverticular Disease of the Colon

  • Neil S. Painter


Diverticular disease of the colon has become a clinical problem only in the last 70 years, the traditional life-span of man. Any clinical student of today would recognize a barium enema showing colonic diverticula but, in 1900, Telling of Leeds in England could not find anyone who knew anything about diverticulitis. Colonic diverticula had been described in 1845 but were regarded only as a pathological curiosity until 1900.


Transit Time Diverticular Disease Circular Muscle Chenodeoxycholic Acid Colonic Diverticulum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil S. Painter
    • 1
  1. 1.Manor House HospitalLondonEngland

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