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October 4, 1884


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JAMA. 1884;III(14):377-378. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390630013001b

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[Read before the Central Ohio Medical Society, September, 1884.]

Case I. About the 20th of last February I first saw Mrs. Huldah Hammill, of this city. She gave the following history: Her age was 57. Four years previously she noticed a lump, about as large as a goose-egg, low down in her right side. As it increased in size the uterus sank lower in the pelvis, until finally it lay entirely without her body.

I found the lower extremities and abdominal walls dropsical. The features, which were pinched and anxious, presented the typical "facies ovariana." She suffered mainly from the mechanical inconvenience of carrying a large tumor. The mass, ovoid and symmetrical in shape, gave unequivocal fluctuation. Change of position affected neither its shape nor the line of dulness. Rectal examination revealed a hard mass low down in the pelvis, which was supposed to be made up of small subcysts

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