The report by Dr. B. Clark Hyde in The Journal, March 12, 1909, p. 885, of a case of shawl-pin in the male urethra reminds me of a similar case which happened in my practice in 1886.
Mr. —, aged about 40, married, came into the office stating that he was carrying a hat-pin about in his urethra. Examination demonstrated that something was there. He admitted that he had been masturbating with the hat-pin when it escaped his grasp and got away. He had consulted several physicians; the result was considerable laceration of the urethra, a meatus enlarged by incision, quite a bit of swelling and some hemorrhage. The bead end could be felt in the membranous urethra and the sharp end had engaged in the upper urethra, about an inch from the meatus. Realizing the futility of fishing for it with forceps, I at first introduced a small pipette