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December 13, 1919


Author Affiliations

San Francisco Surgeon, U. S. Army Transport "Logan"

JAMA. 1919;73(24):1842. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.26120500003011c

The note on a glass tumbler in the rectum1 brings to mind a somewhat similar case that I observed in 1907:

A marine engineer, after an exploit on the "Barbary Coast" in San Francisco, was the victim of rowdy companions. Next day, while searching within the rectum to determine the cause of certain unusual symptoms, he located something that felt like the edge of a glass. Manual manipulations failed to dislodge the intruder, so he tried thumb forceps. The result was that a particle of the edge of the glass was snipped off with each grasp of the instrument, leaving a serrated edge, as shown in the accompanying illustration, around the top of the glass. until the glass was packed overfull. The last