Progress in Pediatrics
November 1930


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Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(5):1069-1075. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940050131017

It was William Osler who first aroused interest in the history of pyloric stenosis with his reprint of a report of a case by Hezekiah Beardsley. In 1788, Beardsley reported to the Medical Society of New Haven County "A Case of Scirrus in the Pylorus of an Infant." It is the first contribution to the history of this disease in America. In 1771 George Armstrong of London published a second edition of his "Essay on the Diseases most Fatal to Infants." In this book is found an accurate description of the disease. Dr. John A. Foote1 of Washington gave an account of Armstrong and the report of his case, which has been accepted as the first mention of the disease in medical literature. More recently, Dr. G. F. Still of London found a case reported by Christopher Weber in 1758.

In 1717 Patrick Blair reported to the Royal Society

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