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June 11, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(24):1942-1943. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550500028013

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Patient.  —P. E., negro, male, married, aged 52, gave negative history of syphilis and tuberculosis, though he had a number of suspicious old scars on legs; probably syphilitic. He felt a dull, aching sensation in the left popliteal space a few days after stepping into a post-hole and falling backward with all the weight of his body thrown on the leg behind the knee. Aching and pain continued to grow worse until, two months after the injury, on January 7, I was called in and found the patient suffering considerably and complaining of pain in the left popliteal space, which showed a plainly visible and palpable pulsating tumor about the size of a lemon, making the diagnosis of aneurism unquestionable. The patient was put on potassium iodid grs. x t. i. d. with an increase of one grain daily while the advisability of waiting longer before operation to insure sufficient

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