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April 11, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(15):1225-1226. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.27220410001013

A widow, aged 41, was admitted to the medical service of Dr. E. Richmond Ware, March 21, 1930. She was irrational and disoriented. She shouted and muttered meaningless words, was restless, and was thrashing about on the stretcher. She previously had symptoms of kidney colic. February 4, while in the urologic service, she presented to the physician a few samples of stones which she said she had passed. She complained then of pain in her back and left side, so severe at times that a physician had to administer a hypodermic injection. She left the ward without consent the day she was admitted.

Eleven days later, February 15, she was readmitted to the urologic service. She had received morphine hypodermically before admission. She stayed three days, leaving after the renal colic subsided. She stated that she had three attacks of pain in the past month, the last attack continuing forty

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