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December 31, 1904


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JAMA. 1904;XLIII(27):2021-2023. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500270002d

In this brief contribution I wish to emphasize the virtues of the prolonged warm bath in shortening the attack of chorea.

With the great increase in the number of adults suffering from nervous diseases, it would be natural to expect an alarming increase of chorea among school children. This, however, is fortunately not corroborated by statistics. We have less chorea to-day than we had fifty years ago; Watson, writing at that time, analyzed 1,029 cases, against Holt's 146 of to-day. With the population of our cities rapidly increasing, and with this growth the crowding and struggling for higher educational and social preferment, we find the army of neurasthenics markedly augmented among the adult population; and while we have neurotic children, true chorea does not seem to be increasing in the same ratio.

Heredity and environment, the twin jailers of childhood, do not hold their victims securely

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