1900 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
colon, as has been frequently done, without detriment to the economy in the supposed necessary presence of bile in the small intestine. This possibility was abundantly proved by the elaborate and carefully conducted experiments by Robson18 on a case of biliary fistula, which he epitomized in the following conclusions: 1. The bile is probably chiefly excrementitious, and like the urine, is constantly being formed and cast out. 2. Though the bile probably assists in the absorption of fats, its
more » ... ion of fats, its presence in the intestine is not necessary for the digestion of such an amount of fat as is capable of supporting life and keeping up nutrition. 3. Increase in body-weight and good health are quite compatible with the entire absence of bile from the intestines. 4. The antiseptic properties of the bile are unimportant. 5. Whatever little antiseptic quality bile may have is probably derived from its admixture with the gall-bladder fluid. 6. The supposed stimulating effect of the bile on the intestinal walls is not necessary for a regular action of the bowels.
doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620270014001c fatcat:de2pdsv7gjfkbinfiwapnjq4e4