Medicine: Hiccup Girl

Anna Mayer, 21, of New York City started hiccuping some seven weeks ago, but unlike most people, she did not stop. Anna Mayer knew she was in for it−in 1941 she hiccuped for 42 days. That siege, during which her weight dropped from no to 68 lb., ended dramatically in a nerve operation by Dr. Lester Samuels.

Last week, again after 42 days of hiccuping, Miss Mayer was getting weak because hiccups occurred so often that eating was almost impossible. This time she had not had an operation. Dr. Samuels, now a captain, was off somewhere with the Army, and she refused...

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