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December 1, 1906

The Migratory Needle Story.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(22):1843. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520220068016

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Abstract

Fort Dodge, Iowa, Nov. 20, 1906.

To the Editor:  —Noticing your editorial in The Journal, November 17, I am reminded of a few cases which have fallen under my observation bearing on the subject.In 1885 I reported a case in a contemporary journal which was followed by reports of similar cases from other physicians. The phenomena of migration of sharp objects through the various tissues of the body are not rare, neither are these stories wholly the product of newspaper reporters' imagination, but are abundantly proved by scientific observation.

Case 1.  —A girl, aged 18, came into my office with the following history: Her mother, that morning, in taking hold of her arm for the purpose of waking her, noticed a hardened spot which caused some pain on pressure. The girl herself had never noticed it before. On examining the arm I found a small, hard nodule, slightly pointed,

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