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January 19, 1889

The Migration of a Needle.

JAMA. 1889;XII(3):104. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400800032011

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —On Dec. 9, 1888, Miss Nellie S., æt. 17, called at my office and stated that she believed she had a needle in her arm. Upon careful inquiry I could find no reason for such a supposition, except that she could feel something like a needle, one end of which was beneath the skin, while the other was deep in the muscles near the bone. She had never run a needle into her arm or in any other part of her body, and it was with much doubt as to the correctness of her belief that I began my examination.Miss Nellie pinched up a roll of integument and muscle on her arm, and thrust one end of the supposed needle against the skin. It had all the appearance of some such foreign material, and I cut down upon the projecting point with forceps; I then removed

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