On this day …….. 29th of July 1989

Writing in the Lancet Medical Journal of the 29th of July 1989, two Sydney doctors described the curious case of a 70 year man who had suffered from hiccups for 30 years and how they had successfully cured him with a muscle relaxant. The man endured bouts of hiccups that lasted for up to two weeks. He would hiccup twenty seven times a minute and sometimes vomited during the attacks. While doctor James Lance and Gerald Bassil we retreating him, they discovered that his grandfather, father, aunt, uncle, sister and brothers also suffered from hiccup attacks. The man’s first attack began when he was forty years of age, and from then on he was never at peace.