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December 1, 1906

The Migratory Needle Story.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(22):1843. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520220068017

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Friars Point, Miss., Nov. 22, 1906.

To the Editor:  —I report a case that came under my observation which seems to prove the editorial partly in the wrong. In 1877 a druggist's wife sent for me to see her baby, aged three months. She told me the baby had something in his leg that felt like a needle. On the under or back side of the thigh just below the hip joint I found a substance imbedded in the tissues that felt like a needle. I grasped the leg in my left hand and cut down on what looked to be the end of a needle. In attempting to catch it with a small forceps it slipped from my grasp and I could not find it again. I told the mother it would make its appearance again and instructed her to watch for it and let me know when she

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