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January 1965

Curiosities of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(1):109-111. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860130111030

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Mr. Roueché has gathered together 20 unusual articles of much interest, not only to physicians, but to well-read laymen. The first article, by Samuel Hopkins Adams, describes vividly the nightlong terrible suffering that followed a bite by a "black widow spider." "It wasn't exactly pain," Mr. Rogers continued, "It went up by back like a hell-fire, up to my neck and across my shoulders.... It went down, way to the toes of both legs, and up and down in waves. My muscles all knotted tight." The distribution of his pain was unusual; most people have it mainly in their abdomen—as did a Mr. Bradberry. A Mrs. Duncan, when stung by a black widow, felt as if knives were slashing her. A physician, Dr. A. W. Blair, let himself be bitten by a spider in order to learn more about the poisoning. He learned a lot! One day, an expert on

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