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July 1923


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Physician to the Emma Hospital for Sick Children AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

Am J Dis Child. 1923;26(1):83-90. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1923.04120130086008

Neuropathy, by some neurologists, is said to be an acquired rather than a congenital disease. This opinion may be explained by the sphere of action of these specialists, which only very seldom permits them to study these cases in children. Otherwise, the fearful shrieks of these little ones, piercing through the closed door of the waiting room, and enabling the physician, even at a distance, to make a diagnosis with almost unfailing certainty, would long since have altered their views on this subject. A visit to the infant's ward of our hospital might serve the same purpose. We could show them the child suffering from pylorospasm and the ruminating child, the infant whose fits of restlessness and shrieking cannot be explained by bodily ailments, the baby who, after violent opposition to any variation in its diet, almost collapses from exhaustion and its fellow patient who obstinately refuses to take its

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