Each year a few patients with Landry's paralysis are admitted to the department of pediatrics of the Yamaguchi Red Cross Hospital from the city of Yamaguchi and its vicinity. As Landry's paralysis is a rare disease, the fourteen cases which have been recorded since I came here in April 1930 represent a fair number for the small population of Yamaguchi. All except four of the cases occurred during the winter season, as shown in the accompanying table.
Though the cases of Landry's paralysis which occur here are considered to be either infectious or noninfectious, I believe that in all cases the disease is infectious originally, for the following reasons: 1. The onset is acute. 2. Although only a few cases have been noted, they occurred in neighboring places. Mention must be made of the fact that in Japan Heine-Medin's disease (acute anterior poliomyelitis) and other infectious nervous diseases are not
TANAKA T. CHANGES IN THE TYPE OF LANDRY'S PARALYSIS. Am J Dis Child. 1936;51(2):239-248. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.01970140003001