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June 7, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(23):1863. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.26520490003012c

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In the literature there are many case reports of hatpins introduced into the male urethra. In fact, these occurred with such frequency at one time that the New York Medical Journal (1910) had an editorial on the subject. This type of foreign body has been employed to start the urinary flow in stricture of the urethra and in obstruction caused by prostatic hypertrophy; it has also been used as a form of masturbation.

J. P., aged 64, had had intermittent attacks of hesitancy in starting the urinary flow. On these occasions, he would pass the ball end of a hatpin into the urethra for a distance of 3 or 4 inches. On withdrawal, the urine could be made to pass. The day the patient was brought to my office, he had introduced the beaded end of a hatpin into the urethra, when it suddenly slipped from his fingers and passed

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