When, two years ago, three boys with incontinence of both urine and feces were brought to the Children's Dispensary, University Hospital, inside of three months, I reviewed the literature1 on incontinence of feces in childhood and could find altogether only twelve cases in children over three years of age. Another recent review of the literature from 1904 to the present time failed to reveal any more cases of this condition.
—In February, 1907, a very small, rather stout, ruddy-cheeked boy of six years was brought to me with this history:
—His parents, who are well, are both short and stout. The father is a motorman. John is the fourth child, born after a protracted labor, without instruments, however. He was a large, well-developed baby at birth and had never been seriously ill. He was breast-fed until nine months of age, was then weaned, and given table food soon
OSTHEIMER M. AN INTERESTING CASE OF INCONTINENCE OF FECES IN AN UNDERSIZED BOY OF SIX YEARS.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(13):1115-1116. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320130049002a