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January 24, 1885

Transactions of the Medical Society of the State of West Virginia. Seventeenth Annual Session.

JAMA. 1885;IV(4):112. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390790028015

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This comprises numerous reports and contributions. Dr. R. W. Hall, after a discussion of the effects of great irregularities of the surface on atmospheric changes concludes, that during that part of the year in which the surface of the country is cooler than the atmosphere, there must be conditions very favorable to the development of diseases affecting the respiratory organs and such other diseases as are influenced by sudden changes of temperature.

In connection with the report of a case of œsophagotomy by Fleming Howell, M.D., for the removal of a silver half dollar, it is interesting to note that that coin seems to about measure in its diameter the maximum distensibility of the organ, moderate force being sufficient to introduce it beyond the convenient reach of instruments, the subsequent spasm of the œsophagus rendering operation necessary.

Dr. W. H. Sharp presents a lengthy review of the literature and opinions

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