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March 17, 1917


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New Orleans

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(11):840-841. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030172012

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The case here reported is unusual in many respects, and although the articles swallowed were simply hairpins, their intimate impaction with the chronicity of development characterize the tumor as a bezoar.

Miss O. A., white, aged 35, born in Spain, gave a negative family history as regards dementia, though all of the immediate relatives are distant, retiring, and elusive to strangers. The previous history was unimportant. The onset of the present complaint dated back about three or four years, since which time the patient had gradually, though progressively, failed in health and strength. She suffered constantly from vague, though sometimes acute, lancinating, abdominal pain, digestive disturbance or other intestinal disorder. The mother had frequently consulted physicians regarding her daughter's condition, but, because of her annoying secretiveness, persistent irritability and expressed aversion to doctors, a satisfactory examination was impossible, and diagnosis a guess. During the past two months a septic temperature

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