Optical Peculiarity

1829 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
In the neighborhood of Glogan, in Silesia, the wife of a laborer was, in December, 1827, delivered of a healthy male child, which, during six months, enjoyed good health ; but having after this period been affected with dysuria, was found to have a hard swelling of the left testicle, and congenital phimosis. The latter having been removed by the operation, the testicle rapidly increased in size, so that the scrotum at last hung down to the knees ; the tumor had an uneven surface, was very hard,
more » ... and tender on pressure, and as it continued to grow, was on the 9th of July removed. The ligature came away on the 12th, and the wound was completely healed by the beginning of August. The extirpated testicle was four inches and a quarter in length, and two and a quarter in diameter ; it weighed seven ounces, and its parenchyma was infiltrated with a greasy, ichorous matter, of a yellow color. No trace of the epididymis could be found. The tunica vaginalis being opened, a solid oblong body was exposed, and, on closer inspection, found to be a thigh bone, without its periosteum, one inch and a half in length ; in the circumjacent tissue, the rudiments of several other bones were found, which, on a more accurate examination, proved to be the pelvis of a foetus at the fourth month ; the os coccygis was very much curved ; the sacrum terminated in a ligamentous mass, which ap-peared to represent the rudiments of the lumbar vertebrae. The head of the right thigh bone was much compressed, without any trace of the neck, although two prominences, resembling the trochanters, were visible ; its lower end terminated in two tuberosities, representing the internal and external condyles. The left os pubis and the ischium were totally wanting ; the ileum, which was well formed, had attached to its semicircular line the left thigh bone, which was only three-fourths of an inch in length, and its lower extremity bent backwards; the tibia and fibula were almost entirely cartilaginous, and were separated by a very thick inter-osseous ligament ; the foot was represented by a confused cartilaginous mass,
doi:10.1056/nejm182905190021407 fatcat:koeoxpgmmzgbhamkfrgwguspbe