The recognition of the clinical importance of diverticulitis of the colon is largely a development of the past two decades. Even though Virchow,1 in 1853, described "isolated, circumscribed, adhesive peritonitis" of the colon, it was not until 1899 that Graser,2 as the result of postmortem studies, directed attention to the association of these localized inflammatory processes with diverticula of the large bowel. In 1907, Mayo, Wilson and Giffin3 reported five cases of diverticulitis that had been encountered at operation and emphasized for the first time the symptomatology of the disease. It was not until 1914 that the condition was recognized by roentgenologists.4 Since that time the ever increasing number of reports of this condition in medical, surgical and roentgenologic literature has brought convincing evidence of its enlargeing clinical importance.
Diverticulitis of the colon may be defined as an inflammation of one or more diverticula, or accessory