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January 5, 1889

REPORT ON A CASE OF CEREBRAL ABSCESS.Read before the Kalamazoo Academy of Medicine, July 24, 1888.

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JAMA. 1889;XII(1):16-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400780018001b

On July 6, I first visited Mrs. W. She complained of a severe, dull pain in the hepatic region; pains shooting up behind the left scapula and into the left shoulder; and frontal pain. She had had one slight chill. Her pulse was 110, and full; her temperature 100°; her tongue clad in a dirty, yellowish coat; her bowels constipated; her urine of a reddish hue.

An arterial sedative, an anodyne, and an alterative followed by a saline cathartic gave her such relief that the following day she went about her usual household labors and walked over two miles to do some trading.

On July 8 she applied to my colleague, Dr. Osborne—her symptoms much the same as already recorded. Dr. Osborne's prescription of a vigorous alterative again brought her relief.

On July 14, upon call, I found her suffering from frontal headache and desultory thoracic algias. Her tongue betokened