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September 10, 1910


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Surgery Medical Department, Drake University. Attending Surgeon Mercy Hospital. DES MOINES, IOWA

JAMA. 1910;55(11):944-945. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330110044017

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History.—  S. L., aged 16, colored, entered my service at the surgical dispensary of Drake University, July 14, with a history of pelvic trouble of some years standing. She menstruated at 13 for 5 successive periods, after which time the period ceased altogether.

Examination.—  Her general condition and appearance was good and she was of average intelligence. On investigation the underclothing was found to be saturated with urine and the vulvar region was excoriated. A vegetative growth of small size and of a reddish hue, surrounded the meatus, and urine was trickling from the vagina. The examining finger came in contact with a foreign body in the vagina, which proved to be a wooden spool. Further examination showed that one end of the spool which measured about 5 centimeters in length, was securely embedded in the cervix. The free end was grasped with a pair of forceps and an attempt

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