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—Oct. 26, 1907, I was called to see J. L. A., a school boy, aged 9. He was a healthy child, having escaped the usual diseases of childhood. His parents are living and well; the family history is good.
—Tuesday, October 22, at bed time, he complained of slight pain in his right ankle, which his mother attributed to a probable slight sprain acquired while gathering chestnuts with the other children after school. The next morning, Wednesday, he was rather feverish, vomited, wanted nothing to eat, but was thirsty and complained of pain in both arms, both legs and especially in his back. His mother gave him a dose of castor oil and kept him in bed. As there was no improvement, she sent for me Saturday morning.
—I found him with temperature 102, pulse 96, respirations 24. He was lying with his back to the
WARD JM. ANTERIOR POLIOMYELITIS.REPORT OF CASE IN THE PRESENT EPIDEMIC.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(23):1920–1921. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320230036002