Medical literature since the sixteenth century has described anomalies of the esophagus of the type herein reported. In all these years, Hirsch,1 in 1921, was able to find only 146 authentic cases. Brennemann,2 in 1913 and 1918, reported five cases seen in a period of five years; while Reynolds and Morrison3 state that only one such anomaly has appeared in sixteen years at the Bellevue Hospital, and Stukowsky and Boran4 found only one in a hospital experience covering fifty thousand cases. It has been recently pointed out2 that the apparent rarity is probably due to failure in diagnosis. We believe that the anomaly is of sufficient rarity to merit the presentation of this case.
REPORT OF CASE
—H. E., a boy, aged 5 days, seen in consultation with Dr. James C. Fleming, was the second child, born at full term, after a normal labor,
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