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Term: hernia
References: Master and Commander, page 90
Post Captain, page 231
HMS Surprise, page 113
The Ionian Mission, page 41
The Thirteen-Gun Salute, pages 149, 299
The Nutmeg of Consolation, page 132
The Commodore, page 185
Blue at the Mizzen, page 216
Meaning: A protrusion of an organ through the cavity wall, caused by weakness from debilitating illness, increased interabdominal pressure from lifting heavy loads or excessive coughing. Also called a rupture.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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