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December 8, 1906

The Migratory Needle Story.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(23):1934-1935. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520230070016

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Mescalero, N. M., Nov. 24, 1906.

To the Editor:  —In response to the editorial in The Journal, Nov. 17, 1906, urging that cases presenting the phenomena of migration be reported, the following report is made:E. S., German, blacksmith, presented himself at my office, April 18, 1906, and showed me a pea-sized tumor on the upper outer aspect of the metacarpophalangeal articulation of the index finger of the right hand. The tumor was slightly tender on pressure, easily movable, and had a hard, gristly feel. He gave as a history that 14 years ago, while working over his anvil a small piece of his hammer flew off and embedded itself in the right side of his neck just under the angle of the jaw. From his description of the bleeding, evidently an artery was severed. It required the services of two physicians and several hours' time to arrest the hemorrhage

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