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Some time ago a middle-aged sporting man, with the following history, came to the County Hospital, three miles from the city, and then under my service.
Five days previously he clandestinely occupied a bed in one of our hotels, hoping to speedily reduce a chronic inguinal hernia. Failing in this a physician was summoned who, meeting with no better success, gave him an anodyne and left him for the night. On the following day a consultation was held which was interrupted by the landlady ordering the trio out of the house! During the next forty-eight hours, at his new quarters, four doctors were in frequent attendance, and finally decided that operative interference was imperative.
At our interview, on the fifth morning, I learned that stercoraceous vomiting and anenexia had been present, with other symptoms, yet he had survived the jaunt of three miles, and after a good night's rest, was
FENN CM. AN INCARCERATED HERNIA RELIEVED ON THE FIFTH DAY BY LOCAL APPLICATIONS OF ETHER. POSITION, AND MANIPULATION. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(16):486. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411200014001e
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