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September 24, 1927


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Newark, N. J.

JAMA. 1927;89(13):1059-1060. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92690130005016d

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This case is reported because of the large number of safety pins present in a stomach for years, without subjective symptoms. Owing to the unusual character of the case and the large number of people who knew about it, the public press reported some of the details before I was ready to present the case through medical channels.

M. B., a woman, aged 35, born in Poland, admitted to my service at St. Michael's Hospital, Jan. 28, 1927, was frail and anemic looking, and gave as her reason for coming to the hospital a prolapse of the rectum. This was promptly reduced under gas anesthesia. The urine was normal; crythrocytes, 3,000,000, with some achromia, anisocytosis and poikilocytosis; leukocytes, 12,200; polymorphonuclears, 78 per cent; hemoglobin, 25 per cent. Physical examination showed a movable mass in the epigastrium, somewhat larger than a baseball. Roentgen-ray examination showed the

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