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To the Editor.—
In a recent issue of The Journal (1983;249:729), an interesting letter was brought to my attention. It recounts the case histories of a patient who experienced a ruptured Meckel's diverticulum and of another who experienced severe rectal pain, with the causative agent being the villainous bay leaf. It seems that I am a more fortunate victim of this "deadly" condiment. I am currently a firstyear family practice resident. Back in October 1982,I happened to be on call for the final night of my general surgery rotation. That evening I was ravenous after spending all day in the operating room. Chicken cacciatore was the feature at the hospital cafeteria. As I eagerly swallowed my first (and only) bite, to my dismay, what felt like a small chicken bone had lodged in my throat. Despite my repeated attempts to dislodge the thing, it would not budge in either direction.
Panzer PE. The Dangers of Cooking With Bay Leaves. JAMA. 1983;250(2):164–165. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340020016012
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