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May 31, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(22):1442. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480220028002b

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I desire to report a case of vicarious menstruation that occurred in my private practice six years ago.

Miss R., aged 17; occupation, house work. Both parents are living and are healthy, hard-working people. There is no history of specific trouble or any other hereditary disease. She has never been sick, is strong, robust and well developed. Her menses appeared when she was 14. They were somewhat irregular at first, but had been fairly regular for the last year and a half. They were usually accompanied by headache, some backache and a feeling of indisposition. These symptoms were never sufficiently severe to confine her to bed. During the first day of her October menstrual period, while stooping forward to fasten her shoe, she suddenly felt dizzy and nearly fainted away. Everything she looked at seemed distorted and her vision became dimmer and dimmer. Apparently the left eye was first affected,

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