JAMA. 1887;IX(15):469-470. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400140021005.
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" Cure of a case of chronic rheumatism of thirty-six years' standing," says Mr. Charles May, in the Lancet, of August 27, 1887, sounds so like a sensational heading of an account of the marvelous effects of some patent medicine that one almost hesitates to enter on a subject having such a basis. But Mr. May records a case, and one which is certainly interesting. Four years ago he was called to see a maiden lady, aged 60 years, who had discovered that her right nipple was deeply retracted, so as to be quite level with the surface. In addition to the cancer of the nipple he found that the lady had suffered for many years with rheumatism, which all treatment had failed to relieve. The history of the case was that thirty-three years previous to his visit, during very hot summer weather the patient sat between the open door and


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