FAYETTE COUNTY - Sometime in February, 1854, Dr. S.M. King was called upon to perform an operation on the person of Mrs. Adams, residing near Monongahela city. She was afflicted with the dropsy, or, as medical men term it, asciles, and the doctor drew from her fourteen gallons of water; from that time to January, 1856, he drew from her one hundred and fourteen and a half gallons, and up to the 18th of October last, had taken six hundred and twenty-eight gallons, two quarts, or nearly twenty barrels. Mrs. Adams is about forty-five years old, is in the enjoyment of tolerable good health, and should nothing unusual occur, bids fair to live for years yet. Her health is much better now than when the first operation was performed.
Mrs. Adams And The Dropsy – Neighborhood News from the Daily Morning Post (Pittsburgh PA) Monday, December 19, 1859