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January 1, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(1):45-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790010008011

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Infantile paralysis (poliomyelitis) in epidemic form is more prevalent during the late summer and early fall in this country than at any other time of the year. It would therefore seem pertinent to discuss the early orthopedic, nursing and physical measures which are so necessary in preventing crippling and in restoring as much function as possible in each case. It must be remembered that some of these children die from the disease in the early stages, some of them are not paralyzed at all, some of them are partially paralyzed and some are almost totally paralyzed. The paralysis varies with each patient. A few of the paralyzed show no power of recovery whatever, but the majority may recover more or less muscular power and a complete recovery is not uncommon.

Lovett in his monograph divided the disease into three stages, first, second and third.

THE FIRST STAGE  The first stage,

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