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I am indebted to my friend, Dr. C. C. Moyer of Hartleton, Pa., for this patient, a girl 16 years old, short in stature, light in weight and delicate-looking. She had been suffering from severe vesical trouble for fourteen months. Dr. Moyer said he had sounded her bladder and discovered a large vesical calculus. On the 30th of March last, I placed her in the Jefferson College Hospital. On examination there was no difficulty in confirming Dr. Moyer's statement.
Recalling that the relative frequency of stone in the bladder of men to women is as four to one, a fact due, no doubt, to the ease with which an ordinary nucleus can escape from the short and easily dilated urethra of the female, I expressed my surprise at finding so large a calculus in so young a girl. Dr. Moyer had asked her if at some time something could not
FORBES WS. LITHOLAPAXY. SUCCESSFUL REMOVAL FROM THE BLADDER OF A GIRL OF SIXTEEN OF A CROCHET NEEDLE THREE INCHES LONG, IMBEDDED IN A MASS OF URIC ACID AND LIME PHOSPHATE. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(26):1229–1230. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440260023001i
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