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[Reported by Dr. H. I. Raymond.]
There is a two-fold interest in the subject-matter of monsters. First, as it presents itself to the mind of the practical obstetrician; and second, as it calls into exercise the subtle reasonings of the speculative physiologist.
The simple scientific investigation of the subject may in the end yield as practical results as the investigation of the matter for purely clinical purposes, inasmuch as the scientific teratologist may some day afford some rational clue to the semiology of monster formation, and the physiologist be enabled to suggest much looking toward the prevention of psychical impressions likely to modify the normal processes of nutrition and growth.
The clinical features of this subject-matter will be best brought out by simply relating the history of the present case.
The size of patient's abdomen was enormous, so much so as to excite in her own mind an apprehension of