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December 19, 1885

TUMOR OF THE BACK; LOST DRAINAGE TUBES IN AN ABSCESS CAVITY; CHRONIC SYNOVITIS OF THE LEFT KNEE; FLOATING CARTILAGE OF RIGHT KNEE.A Clinical Lecture Delivered at the Mercy Hospital Chicago,

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PROFESSOR OF SURGERY IN THE CHICAGO MEDICAL COLLEGE, AND SURGEON TO THE MERCY HOSPITAL.

JAMA. 1885;V(25):673-675. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391240001001

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Abstract

Tumor of Back.—We may have various tumors of the back, especially in this, the lumbar region. As appearances are often deceiving, I will not attempt to say what particular kind of growth this one is. It has a small inflamed base, and a whitish point at the extremity. Sometimes we have a tumor formed by a diseased sebaceous gland or several of them, and gradually growing larger and filling up with pus and sebaceous material, then bursting, and the abscess for a time, seemingly cured; however, these tumors may burrow into the loose connective tissue. This tumor is seen to have a small base, a little punctum, also is present.

If patients with this class of tumors would have their surgeon attend to the growth occasionally, they could be easily cured by distending the punctum, and pressing out the contents. The presence of sebaceous ous substance in the tumor, clearly

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