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March 1921

A PECULIAR FEVER OF INFANCY, PROBABLY DUE TO DEPLETION OF THE WATER RESERVE OF THE BODY

Am J Dis Child. 1921;21(3):220-239. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1921.01910330011002
Abstract

The following observations were made at a time when we were very much interested in the subject of fever in infants, which we were studying from another standpoint. The idea advanced by Balcar, Sansum and Woodyatt1 that there might be a direct connection between a reduction of the water content of the body and the occurrence of fever is one which is especially attractive and probably can best be demonstrated, if at all, in the period of infancy. Most of the support from the literature which the theory has obtained has come from observations made on infants. It has, therefore, seemed to us that a report of some of our cases might be of interest.

REPORT OF CASES  Case 1 (No. 132697).—George G., aged 2 months, entered the Presbyterian Hospital Feb. 15, 1920. The complaint was vomiting and undernourishment.History.—The child was born by forceps delivery with a

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