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August 8, 1953


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Giffard Mission Hospital Nuzvid, Kirshna Dist., South India.

JAMA. 1953;152(15):1456. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690150060021

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To the Editor:  —One sees some unusual and amusing things in India. One afternoon a 32-year-old Caucasian (East Indian) man walked into the Giffard Mission Hospital. The mouth of a brass pot (a chimboo) was very firmly fixed to his anterior abdominal wall; in fact, a portion of the wall was inside the pot.The patient had had a stomach-ache and had asked a neighbor's advice as to treatment. The neighbor advised that he take a chimboo (a round, 6-inch, brass pot with a 2-inch mouth), fill it half full of fresh cow dung, heat this well, and then put the mouth of the pot against his abdomen where the pain was. This, the neighbor said, would draw out the pain. This sounded sensible to the man, so he proceeded to do it. After the pot had been in place for an hour or so, he tried to remove it,

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