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December 22, 1883


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JAMA. 1883;I(24):700-704. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390240012001c

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[Read before the Iowa and Illinois Central District Medical Association, October 9, 1883]

Mrs McF., a resident of Rock Island, Ill., born in Wales; 35 years of age; the mother of three children; weight 135 pounds; began complaining of pain in the right iliac fossa in the fall of 1882. Her family physician, Dr. Thomas Galt, diagnosed the case as neuralgia, and gave her prescriptions which he said would remove the trouble. The pain continued throughout the winter, the patient herself during that time being conscious of a swelling or induration on the right side. About the 10th of March, 1883, she was compelled to take to her bed. The doctor, then visiting her from day to day, told her “there might be danger of an abscess,” and immediately set in operation vigorous and active measures for “scattering” the tumor. These measures consisted in kneading and rubbing, at the

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