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January 3, 1972

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Syracuse, NY

JAMA. 1972;219(1):88. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190270058022

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To the Editor.—  Hiccup is known to be a crux medicorum. A number of drugs and measures have been used to combat it, with various results. One of the relatively recent methods consists of the introduction of a suction catheter into the nasopharyngeal cavity. Is it really new? Consider the following:Aristodemus said that it came to the turn of Aristophanes to speak; but it happened that, from repletion or some other cause, he had an hiccough which prevented him; so he turned to Eryximachus, the physician, who was reclining close beside him, and said, "Eryximachus, it is but fair that you should cure my hiccough, or speak instead of me until it is over."—"I will do both," said Eryximachus; "I will speak in your turn, and you, when your hiccough has ceased, shall speak in mine. Meanwhile, if you hold your breath some time, it will subside. If not,