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August 20, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(8):423. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450080049011

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Unionville, N. Y., Aug. 10, 1898.

To the Editor:  —I read the Journal with great interest and profit every week. Your editorial on "Malingering" (p. 247, July 30) has just been read with keen interest and suggests that I give you an outline of a case in point.Mrs. E. V. C., married, one child, aged 35 years, is of an extremely nervous temperament, light weight mentally, but with a glib tongue that elicits the sympathy of similarly constituted persons. Both parents are weak mentally, although father has brilliant spells, but lacks balance and judgment. In January and February, 1894, Mrs. C. had attacks of hysteria and believed she had a cancer of her uterus, which I told her she did not have, but she did not believe it. Every day or two she would have attacks of pelvic pains, a little diarrhea and a slight uterine discharge. During these

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