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April 27, 1907


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JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(17):1397-1400. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220430009001b

Multiple neuritis in children is generally considered a rare condition. In Starr's1 analysis of 154 cases of multiple neuritis, non-diphtheritic, none of the patients were under 15 years of age. In Remak's2 series of 94 cases, 9 patients were between 10 and 20 years of age, but none below. Gowers3 refers to it as extremely uncommon, as does Oppenheim.4 Sachs5 considers the question thoroughly and appears to have seen a number of cases, but gives no definite data.

Holt6 speaks of the chief cause of multiple neuritis in children as being diphtheria, although it is occasionally seen after infectious diseases. He states that the metallic poisons rarely cause multiple neuritis in early life, and the same is true of alcohol. He refers to certain cases which have been assigned to simple exposure to cold. Buzzard7 thinks it probable that a number of cases

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