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December 13, 1919

DERMATITIS FACTITIA COMPLICATING HYSTERICAL PARALYSIS

JAMA. 1919;73(24):1838-1839. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610500028010

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Abstract

REPORT OF CASE 

History.  —Miss M. G., aged 28, unmarried, white, was referred by her physician to the Massachusetts General Hospital with a diagnosis of osteomyelitis because of pain and paralysis of the leg with a cutaneous lesion involving the foot and leg.The present illness, as told by the patient, began eight years before when she and her cousin were "fooling" around with a male boarder at the cousin's home. As the patient was walking down the front steps, the man stretched out his foot, tripping her and causing her to fall three or four steps. She remained unconscious all night, and the next morning found that there was soreness in the left hip and sharp localized pain on attempted motion. She felt "sick all over" and was kept in bed for two weeks. Then on attempting to walk she experienced severe pain in the left hip. She felt

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