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November 28, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(22):1164. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431000040009

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An excellent illustration of the advance in pediatry is afforded by a comparison of the discussion before the Chicago Academy of Medicine (Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. xxvii, pp. 958, 1004) of a single class of neuroses in childhood, with the work of the Swedish pediatrist, Rosen von Rosenstein, translated by Dr. Andrew Sparrman and published under the title of " The Diseases of Children and Their Remedies" in 1776. There is but one chapter on nervous disorders of childhood in the book, which is entitled " Convulsions and Their Ten Causes." The chapter opens as follows:

" The nerves of children are very sensible and irritable. They are more numerous in proportion to their bodies than those of a grown person, and as they have many juices or fluids they are so much more softened. They are also covered with a very thin membrane, which makes their sensations so much

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