Woman wearing jade earrings. Growth on right side of neck. Sixteenth Report, Chinese Repository, 1850, p. 268-269: No 28592. Glandular tumor, and ligature of the primitive carotid. Tanshi, aged 48, of the district Sinhwui, had a tumor of the right side of her neck, a growth of sixteen years measuring 1 ½ foot in circumference. The tumor originated under the primitive carotid, which was carried out of its position, as the tumor increased, the carotid artery was preternaturally large, and carried over the tumor on the trachinal side, and lay imbedded in a groove, to which its sheath was found to adhere. (…) On the 10th of January, assisted by and Dr. Startin of H.C. steamer Phlegethon and the Rev. Mr Speer, the tumor was extirpated. (…) On resuming the dissection, the tumor on the cervical side was punctured, when a dark sanguineous fluid gushed forth, causing one of the gentlemen assisting to exclaim that “the jugular was opened”, but immediately it was perceived that the tumor collapsed, and that it was a portion of its fluid contents that had escaped. The operation was a severe one, and the loss of blood considerable. The patient, however, rallied very well, and passed a comfortable a night, as could be expected under the circumstances. (…) It was some weeks that she recovered her natural voice. She complained chiefly of a sense of coldness on the right side of the face and head. (…) the patient was discharged in about six weeks. She has several times revisited the hospital; has recovered her voice, and regained in a great measure the natural feeling in the right side of the head and is in good health.” Donated by Peter Parker to the Yale School of Medicine and transferred to the Historical Library.
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Case No. 28592 Parker, Peter, 1804-1888 Tanshi
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