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August 25, 1888

Acute Rheumatism in an Infant.

JAMA. 1888;XI(8):286-287. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400600034010

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Dear Sir:  —On reading the report of a case ot acute rheumatism in an infant reported in The Journal, vol. x, No. 24, by Alex. Guthrie, M.D., of Cairo, Ill., I was forcibly reminded of two cases occurring in my own practice of recent date.I was summoned to see the infant son of Mr. R. W., who was only 2 weeks old, with the statement that the child would cry upon the slightest movement. I found the temperature above normal, with considerable swelling of both elbow-joints. I informed the parents that it was a case of rheumatism, and gave mercury and salicin in 24 doses every three or four hours. The child in a few days was much improved, and was very soon quite well. The mother informed me several weeks later that she had suffered with rheumatism dnring the entire period of gestation.The second case was

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