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Portrait No. 31

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Title:

Other title:
Po Ashing

Description:
Seated man with large gumor of upper arm - published in "From Yale to Canton" catalogue.

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Date:
1830-1850

Resource type:
Oil painting

Artist:

Dimensions:
61 cm x 47 cm

Original format:
Framed, oil on board

Collection:
Peter Parker Collection

Rights:
Yale University

Repository:
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. Historical Library

Date available:
2004-07-15

Case Study from Peter Parker's Journal, Nov. 1836. "Po Ashing, age 23, entered the hospital Nov. 3, 1836. Six years since, he fell from a horse and broke the humerus of the left arm. Union so far took place as to render the arm serviceable, till six months since, in a crowd at a "sing song," it was broken again. From that time, according to his statement, the arm gradually became larger till it had attained its present enormous size. Besides being painful, the weight of it drew him quite to one side. There was no doubt of its containing fluid. I punctured the arm, supposed that possibly it might contain pus. A dark greenish fluid escaped, with considerable force, but soon became darker and more bloody. The lancet was reentered nearly its whole length; the same discharge continued with a greater proportion of venous blood; 32 ounces in all were discharged. All were agreed that the only chance of life was the removal of the arm."