Medicine: How to Cure Hiccups

Almost everybody, except a doctor, thinks he knows a sure cure for hiccups. And sometimes the home remedies work.

Theodore L. Syvertson, of Pasadena, a 69-year-old retired building contractor, had hiccuped almost continuously, once every ten seconds, since November 1946. He lost ten pounds, spent nine months in hospitals, had consultations with 60 doctors which did him no good. Last week he tried bending over at the waist while drinking water from the far side of a glass. Halfway through the second glass, his hiccups stopped.

Pauline Lucas, 31, of Waynesburg, Pa., was hiccuping...

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