The condition known as marble bones was first described by Albers-Schönberg1 in 1904 and is usually referred to by his name. It is also called osteopetrosis and congenital osteosclerosis. Karshner2 gave a complete review of the literature to 1926, finding eighteen reported cases and adding four of his own. Mayer and Pitts,3 in 1933, referred to seventeen additional cases and reported one more. Since 1926 thirty cases have been reported in the literature in addition to those mentioned by Mayer and Pitts, making a total of seventy cases up to 1933. Thirty-five, or one half, of the reports have appeared in the past five years, showing that the condition either is more prevalent than was once supposed or is recognized more frequently.
REPORT OF A CASE
The following case is presented in order to bring forward again the typical picture of this rather uncommon disease.Mary D.
ROOT JH. ALBERS-SCHÖNBERG'S DISEASE. Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(4):964-973. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970040132017