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May 15, 1897

THE MEDICO-LEGAL ASPECT OF FLOATING KIDNEY.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF SURGERY AND CLINICAL SURGERY, OHIO MEDICAL UNIVERSITY; SURGEON TO PROTESTANT AND UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS; CHIEF SURGEON C. S. & H. R.R. CO. COLUMBUS, OHIO.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(20):918-922. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440200008002

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Abstract

The rarity of a condition makes it all the more important from a medico-legal standpoint. Cases of frequent occurrence give greater opportunity for their study and consideration. Rare cases offer few precedents and afford but occasional opportunities for observation.

Less than a year ago, I was called to testify as an expert witness in one of these rare cases, which, so far as I am able to learn, has never had a precedent, but its importance impressed me so profoundly that I feel that I owe it to the medical as well as the legal profession to briefly consider it on this occasion. Without referring to names, dates or places, I shall simply state the facts in the case and then proceed to study them from a medico-legal standpoint.

A gentleman of middle age was injured in a railroad wreck which he claimed caused a floating kidney on his right

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