29/11/1790 Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury
Saturday se'nnight, a man of Morbath being troubled with 
a tapeworm, had the curiosity to make an incision in his 
abdomen and deliberately cut off six inches of the intestine 
in order to be reneged of such a troublesome guest. He had
previously provided himself with a needle and thread 
(which were found by his side when discovered in this 
shocking situation) for the purpose of sewing up his wound 
- he survived until the next evening.