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William H. Smith, M.D.; Norman T. Kirk, M.D.
JAMA. 1914;LXIII(5):403. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570050039013.
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W. C. C., a soldier of the Twenty-Second Infantry, was on a maneuver problem near Texas City, Tex., Sept. 11, 1913. He plucked a piece of grass from along the roadside and put it in his mouth. A small piece of the grass, about 3/4 inch long, consisting of the bearded seed-tufts, got under his tongue and entered the orifice of the left Wharton duct. The soldier felt a slight sticking sensation under his tongue, but did not realize what had happened, at the time. The submaxillary gland began to swell in about an hour, and in twenty-four hours it was twice the normal size. There was no acute pain.

The condition remained about the same from Sept. 11 to Nov. 27, 1913, the patient being free of pain in the interim. During this time he had been treated occasionally for a mild inflammation, with local applications of iodin, etc.


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