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April 9, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXX(15):834-837. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440670022002d

Merycism, or rumination in man, although described by ancient medical writers, has attracted but little attention until within the past few years. Hammond, who reported a case in 1894, said that only about fifty cases had been recorded up to that time. Since then, however, a number of additional cases have been recorded, both in this country and abroad. I have however been able to find only thirteen reported in America, but in Europe a great number of cases have been added to the literature in recent years. The American cases are:

  • Hubbard: Medical Record, 1886, p. 122, one case.

  • Max Einhorn: Medical Record, 1890, p. 38, two cases.

  • Charles Shattinger: Medical Fortnightly, 1892, p. 163, one case.

  • W. A. Hammond: Proceedings of American Neurological Association, 1894, one case.

  • D. W. Graham: Chicago Medical Examiner, 1894, Vol. xv, p. 118, one case.

  • Edward Runge: St. Louis Med. Review, 1894, p.