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July 4, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(1):28-31. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04470030032007

It is the writer's conviction that influenza is a more malignant malady in children than is generally acknowledged (a conviction fortified by his own experience and further strengthened by material gathered among his friends and from the literature), which has led him to venture this paper.

Without being able to furnish much, if anything, that is new on the subject, it yet seems justifiable here to emphasize some of the manifestations and possible calamities which may be traced to this disease.

Influenza vera, when the victim is a child, differs from the same disease in adults in proportion to the difference in constitution, vital resistance and recuperative power. It should not be forgotten in this connection that the disease is of a markedly toxic nature. The admirable article in Ashby and Wright's work states, however, that children are less likely to have some of the ordinary symptoms, such as backache,

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