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January 23, 1897

WHO WAS THE FIRST TO ILLUMINATE THE SIGMOID CAVITY?

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(4):159-164. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440040015001f

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Abstract

At Winchester, Ky., June, 1886, the author read a paper before the Kentucky State Medical Society on ulceration of the sigmoid cavity—Inversion of Trunk, Electric and Reflected Light in Diagnosis and Treatment, which was published in the American Practitioner and News, Vol. 11. New Series, No. 17, August 21, 1886, at Louisville, Ky.

On November 30, 1885, the writer visited J——Mc. at Crab Orchard, Ky., who had had an attack of acute dysentery in August, 1885, and had made an incomplete recovery, and had been treated by his physician for chronic dysentery from September 18 to November of that year. Age of patient was 20 years, good family history, former health good, habits and morals good, and the following general and local conditions existed, viz.:

The patient was pale, weak and anemic; the tongue had a yellowish-white coat; the bowels were tympanitic and painful in the left iliac region, especially

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