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December 21, 1907


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JAMA. 1907;XLIX(25):2082-2084. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320250034001f

Early in the summer there began to appear at the out-patient department of the Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled recent cases of acute poliomyelitis, and the number increased from month to month until toward the close of October, when it began to diminish. The height of the epidemic, for such it was, was in September, when 138 new cases were recorded on the books of the hospital, so that all the members of the out-patient as well as the in-patient staff had an opportunity of studying this disease in a comparatively early stage.

In some unknown way the subject was discussed in the daily press and the hospital became a storm center. Boards of health and doctors from different parts of the country, as well as reporters on the daily papers, seek data on the subject, and it has been rather difficult to satisfy the demands of the public for

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