October 29, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(18):1309. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500180002

Patient.  —I was recently called to see a child who had swallowed a baby pin and was at once struck with the unusual development of the child. It was two years and four months of age, but had the body and limbs of a much older child.

History.  —The child was born May 13, 1902, and the mother noticed soon after its birth that the external genitals were enlarged. She asked her attendant about it and was told that it was a little swelling, which would soon disappear. The child was fretful and cried practically all the time when awake till it was six months old. Its sleep had never been good, and it was always restless. When six months old the mother noticed that the child was bleeding as if menstruating. The flow became very free and the child sank into its first peaceful sleep. The flow continued for 3 or

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