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May 4, 1929


Author Affiliations

Boston. Secretary, Roxbury Society for Medical Improvement

JAMA. 1929;92(18):1541-1542. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700440049031

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, March 23, appeared the report of a case of rupture of the gallbladder through the abdominal wall, by Dr. Louis J. Gariepy of Detroit. He states that only three cases had been reported in American literature. It may be of interest to report that at a meeting in March, 1929, of the Roxbury Society for Medical Improvement (incorporated 1867) Dr. John E. Butler gave us an account of some of the early meetings of the society and took from the record the following report of a similar case, as made by Dr. P. O'Meara Edson in 1874:The patient was a male and when first seen in July, 1870, 58 years old. His chief symptoms at that time were constant vomiting and severe abdominal pain—pulse 100—tongue and skin dry. It was ascertained that fourteen years previous he had suffered from an attack of jaundice,

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