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February 1, 1896

A CASE OF GASTROTOMY FOR THE REMOVAL OF HAIR-BALL—RECOVERY.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(5):199-201. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430570001001
Abstract

The case I report is not only unique as regards the character of the foreign body found, but instructive from a physiologic standpoint, showing as it does the remarkable ability of the stomach to digest food in sufficient amount to maintain a fair degree of health, even under the most trying conditions.

Case.  —Maggie Heinz, aged 16, was brought to me in November last by Dr. De Armand. She stated that she had felt a tumor in the region of the stomach for the past six months; felt more or less pain after eating, vomited frequently, lost weight during the last twelve months and had frequent attacks of diarrhea followed by constipation.Further questioning elicited very little history that would throw light upon the case. Examination revealed a tumor in the epigastric region, oval in form and movable several inches to the right or left; it was as hard as

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