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August 7, 1897


Author Affiliations

Late Acting Assistant Surgeon United States Army; Member American Medical Association; Member and Treasurer of the Medical Association of the District of Columbia; Member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, etc. WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(6):277-278. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440320021001k

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One evening in May, 1889, about 7 o'clock, and while stationed at Fort Yates, North Dakota, I was summoned to the Indian hospital, three miles south of the post, to examine a 12-year-old Indian boy that had met with an accident. A short time before, the patient had been leading a pony to which was attached the usual lariat and picket-pin. From some cause or another the animal became frightened, and in its alarm violently jerked the lariat rope, which had the effect of sending the iron pin at its free end flying through the air and this struck the boy in the left side between the fifth and sixth ribs, inflicting an incised wound some fifteen centimeters in length. Through this opening protruded a tumor, which was dark in color, and measured in diameter about seven centimeters. Upon examining this it was seen that it could be nothing more

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