Academiae Caesareo-Leopoldinae Carolinae Naturae Curiosorum Ephemerides sive Observationum Medico-Physicarum
Series 3, A5-6: 572, 1697–1698.
Gustavus Casimirus Gahrliep
Gustavus Casimirus Gahrliep tells of an accident that befell his father-in-law, an old septuagenarian, who in descending the steps of a palace when they were slippery with ice and snow, lost his footing, and fell with the lower end of the trunk against the stone stairs. He sustained a fracture of the os coccygis in consequence, but said nothing about it to his daughter, a young girl, who was the only person living with him at the time. He could get no passage in his bowels; and. his daughter, believing this to be the cause of the distress which she saw him labouring under, administered some aperients, but without affording any relief. He had become seriously ill on the fifth day. When he spoke of his accident to a sagacious friend, who told him that perhaps his spine was injured and advised him to allow himself to be rolled and tumbled and pushed about, as he lay on a wooden couch, by two robust women. He followed his friend's advice, and with the happiest result; for by the jostling the end or the os coccygis which was bent inwards was restored to its situation, and the obstruction being removed the bowels were moved cum impetu sumno.