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June 16, 1906


Author Affiliations

Professor of Principles and Practice of Medicine, Cooper Medical College; Physician to Lane Hospital. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(24):1836-1838. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510510028002d

In children, hydatid cyst of the liver appears to be a very rare disease, especially in the United States. Our text books on pediatrics dismiss the subject with but few words. Koplik, so far as I can find, makes no reference to it at all in the last edition of his work. Rotch says "Echinococcus cysts are so rare in early life that they need merely be mentioned as of possible occurrence." Holt says "Echinococcus disease of the liver, while rare among adults in this country, is almost unknown in children. I have been able to find but two recorded cases in America." American medical journals likewise pass the matter by without comment. In the Index Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office, brought up to 1903, there are but four references to the subject of hydatids in children, two in Italian literature, one in Russian, and one in

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