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A writer in a late issue of the Journal, in an article on a subject remote from this, made the statement that " malformations of the internal organs of the fetus are still more rare than the various orthopedic lesions of the exterior body." In confirmation of this, a case of the above title came to my notice, whose rarity then impressed me, and it is here given to add to the peculiarities and mysteries of tissue growth in pre-natal life. If those who have the Index Medicus can find similar cases recorded in it, it would be interesting to know of them.
There was born in Rockford Hospital July 24,1895, after a quite natural and easy labor, of a healthy Swedish mother aged 25, her third child, a male weighing six and three-fourths pounds, well formed and fully developed in all its external parts. After birth there was some of
LICHTY D. CONGENITAL ABSENCE OF THE ESOPHAGUS. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(8):430. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430860034001n
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