By George M. Gould, Walter L. Pyle
Freaks and scientific curiosities from 1896. a suite of outstanding circumstances derived from an exhaustive study of clinical literature. Abstracted, annotated, and listed. Authors: George M. Gould, MD, Walter L. Pyle, MD writer: Bell Publishing corporation Date: 1956 facsimile version of 1896 printing structure: Hardcover information: 296 b&w illustrations, 968 pages
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Watkins speaks of a fetus being retained forty−three years; James, others for twenty−five, thirty, forty−six, and fifty years; Murfee, fifty−five years; Cunningham, forty years; Johnson, forty−four years; Josephi, fifteen years (in the urinary bladder); Craddock, twenty−two years, and da Costa Simoes, twenty−six years. −−Cases of long retained intrauterine pregnancies are on record and deserve as much consideration as those that were extrauterine. Albosius speaks of a mother carrying a child in an ossified condition in the uterus for twenty−eight years.
Dr. Madden left her, telling her that she was not pregnant, and when she reappeared at his office in a few days, he reassured her of the nonexistence of pregnancy; she became very indignant, triumphantly squeezed lactescent fluid from her breasts, and, insisting that she could feel fetal movements, left to seek a more sympathetic accoucheur. " He found the woman on a bed complaining of great labor−pains, biting a handkerchief, and pulling on a cloth attached to her bed. The finger on the abdomen or vulva elicited symptoms of great sensitiveness.
Weir Mitchell delineates an interesting case of pseudocyesis as follows: "A woman, young, or else, it may be, at or past the climacteric, eagerly desires a child or is horribly afraid of becoming pregnant. The menses become slight in amount, irregular, and at last cease or not. Meanwhile the abdomen and breasts enlarge, owing to a rapid taking on of fat, and this is far less visible elsewhere. There comes with this excess of fat the most profound conviction of the fact of pregnancy. By and by the child is felt, the physician takes it for granted, and this goes on until the great diagnostician, Time, corrects the delusion.
Anomalies And Curiosities Of Medicine by George M. Gould, Walter L. Pyle