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PURGATION. The clearing one's self of an offence charged, by denying the guilt on oath or affirmation.
     2. There were two sorts of purgation, the vulgar, and the canonical.
     3. Vulgar purgation consisted in superstitious trials by hot and cold water, by fire, by hot irons, by batell, by corsned, &c., which modes of trial were adopted in times of ignorance and barbarity, and were impiously called judgments of God.
     4. Canonical purgation was the act of justifying one's self, when accused of some offence in the presence of a number of persons, worthy of credit, generally twelve, who would swear they believed the accused. See Compurgator; Wager of Law.
     5. In modern times, a man may purge himself of an offence, in some cases where the facts are within his own knowledge; for example, when a man is charged with a contempt of court, he may purge himself of such contempt, by swearing that in doing the act charged, he did not intend to commit a contempt.

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It included medical and family history/use; frequency of laxative medication; use of healthcare services related to management of chronic constipation; and parents' perceptions of how constipation affected their child's lifestyle eg, sleep, dietary intake, school attendance, mood, and behaviour.
Incidence of laxative abuse in community and bulimic populations: a descriptive review.
The first time I tried laxatives in 2007 it was because I felt guilty that I had eaten too much.
It is important to note that some ED patients also abuse prescription medications, including prescription diet pills, diuretics, and laxatives.
We know of no previous study on the reliability of laxative testing by reference laboratories, where good performance is usually taken for granted.
Results of a new large-scale global survey, announced today, show that many people wrongly fear that laxatives are addictive and that their use for long periods of time actually causes constipation.
She takes three different types of laxatives every day, suppositories every alternate day and she has an enema once in a while.
After discussing the test results with the patient, she again denied surreptitious laxative use.
Minutes of the Special Working Group on Stimulant Laxative Substances in Foods (FDA Food Advisory Committee, June 7-8, 1995)
Laxative use is common among community-dwelling elderly individuals, but it's not associated with taking constipating medications, Christine Ruby, Pharm.