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March 23, 1912


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Aberdeen, S. Dak.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(12):858. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030256016

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History.  —J. C., a well-developed and vigorous man aged 25, a railway fireman, a steady and industrious worker of fairly good habits but not strictly temperate, had married a woman much older than himself, who had twice before been unhappily married. This couple had not been living very happily together for some time; each occupied a separate part of the house, up to July 4, 1011, at which time there had been reconciliation and they had agreed to live together as man and wife; accordingly they had occupied a common apartment on the night of July 4. About 4:00 a. m., July 5, the man was aroused by a terrific pain and a frightful hemorrhage, and he found himself in the middle of the floor holding onto a more or less completely amputated penis, the stump and wound bleeding profusely. The major part of the organ was on the floor

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