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June 22, 1912


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Chicago Night Warden, Cook County Hospital

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(25):1940. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060289011

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The object in reporting this case is to point out the possible danger in the passing of a soft rubber catheter. This may apply more especially to the female, in whom several inches of tubing may be inserted into the bladder without any particular difficulty. According to the U. S. marine service there are thirty classified knots, and a maritime expert who has examined the specimen in this case says that this knot cannot be classified.

Patient.  —Max L., a Russian, married, aged 35, a baker, was admitted to Cook County Hospital March 18, 1912. Several months previously patient consulted a physician who advised him to use a soft rubber catheter on account of retention of urine due to a supposed enlarged prostate gland. He used this catheter several times and mislaid it.On the morning of admittance the patient purchased a section of rubber tubing, cut one end obliquely

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