This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
The rectum is sometimes the seat of growths of a character similar to those which are found in the nose, as before described. We had a case a few years ago in which we found more than two hundred of different sizes, forming a mass larger than the. fist. The patient, a young lady, had been examined by many physicians, and her case had been pronounced by all a hopeless one of cancer of the rectum. Upon a critical examination, we discovered its character, however, and by the proper operation restored her to health after she had been a most pitiful sufferer for many years.
These tumors are very easily cured by tying a ligature about the neck of the tumor. It usually falls off in three or four days. In the case mentioned above we employed both the ligature and the galvano-cautery.