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The patient, Captain J. A. O'B., aged 46 years, a native of Ireland, has been well known among steamboat and shipping men on the Pacific Coast for many years. He had a slight attack of pain in the bowels in February, 1894, for which he was treated in the hospital for two days. It was thought to have been a "bilious attack." In April, 1896, he took his steamer to Cook's Inlet, Alaska, with a party of miners and shortly before his arrival he was seized with a severe pain in the right side of the abdomen, and as soon as the steamer reached her destination he placed himself in the care of Dr. B. W. Rodgers of Oakland, Cal., who happened to be at the Inlet, as surgeon for a party of prospectors. He continued to grow worse and, on April 19, Dr. Rodgers operated, with the assistance of
EAGLESON JB. A FECAL FISTULA THROUGH THE APPENDIX RESULTING FROM A PERFORATING APPENDICITIS. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(20):929–930. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1897.02440200019002b
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