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March 28, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(13):1012-1013. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310390010002a

Since the original papers of Dercum (1888, 1892) only about 45 cases of adiposis dolorosa have been recorded in the literature. It is rather difficult to make a complete study of these cases, for some of them are doubtful and some are reported too briefly. The rare occurrence of this condition and the haze which still surrounds it prompts me to report the following case from the City and County Hospital, service of Dr. J. O. Hirschfelder, to whose kindness I am indebted for the opportunity to study the patient:

Patient.  —Mrs. M. E. F., housewife, was born in Ohio, 77 years ago. The family history is negative as to tuberculosis, cancer and alcoholic excesses. The father, at the age of 35, was insane for six weeks on account of business troubles; he recovered completely and died at the age of 75 years. One of three brothers was paralyzed in

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