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April 14, 1894

AN INTERESTING CASE [MORPHIA HABIT].Read before the Shelby County Medical Society at Shelbyville, Ind., March 12, 1894.

Author Affiliations

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL GYNECOLOGY AND SURGICAL PATHOLOGY, CENTRAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS; GYNECOLOGIST TO CITY HOSPITAL AND CITY DISPENSARY, ETC.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(15):536-539. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420940012002a

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Abstract

An irritable stomach from stenosis of the esophagus is treated long time for cancer of the stomach, when the morphia habit is formed. Exploratory laparotomy leads to a correct diagnosis. Cure by bougies and irrigation of the stomach. The morphia habit is cured by the resuscitation of the moral powers. Discussion of the essentials underlying the cure from vice of habit of any kind. Subsequent development of cancer in the right ovary. Cure by celio-salpiugo-oöphoreetomia duplex.

Mrs. M. L., American, aged 42 years, is married and the mother of four children. I was called to see her in consultation with her family physician, Dr. R. F. Bigger, in April of 1892. Then she had been an invalid of four years, being confined to bed continuously of late. The disease began with an irritable stomach and indigestion. She frequently vomited after eating, and retching at times was quite persistent. At times,

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