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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 25, 2002

A Contortionist and His Medical Purchasers.

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JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2002;288(12):1534. doi:10.1001/jama.288.12.1534-JJY20029-2-1

Miscellany.—A man in Massachusetts, who was famous in his day as a contortionist of remarkable flexibility, several years ago sold his body (the goods to be deliverable after death) to a Detroit physician, who was anxious to study his skeletal formation; but after paying the money the physician died, and the heirs threw away that part of the estate as of no value to them. Another deal in futures was then made with a New York physician, but he also died. The contortionist, who is now nearly eighty years old and in excellent health, is said to be looking around for another purchaser.—Med. Record.

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