Views & Reviews Medical Classic

Diverticular disease of the colon

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4309 (Published 21 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4309
  1. Martin Eastwood, retired consultant gastroenterologist, North Queensferry, Fife
  1. majeastwood{at}btinternet.com

    In the late 1960s and 70s an interesting hypothesis was proposed—that dietary fibre, the “unavailable inert carbohydrate” defined by McCance and Lawrence in 1929 was, if not an essential nutrient, of importance for health. Dietary fibre was a panacea for the ills of the Western world. Peter Cleave had indirectly set the pace highlighting the benefits of dietary fibre, and then in Africa Denis Burkitt, Hugh Trowell, and A R P Walker proselytised its virtues. Their credentials were impeccable. Each, particularly Denis Burkitt, had made great contributions to the aetiology of diseases. But in this campaign, the emphasis was …

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