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Progress in Pediatrics
December 1939


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(6):1282-1289. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990110146014

The term "Fröhlich syndrome" is so frequently used as a diagnosis for obesity in childhood and adolescence that it has almost entirely lost the specific, well defined significance which it originally possessed. One reason for the vague and indiscriminate application of this diagnosis seems to be that many physicians are not familiar with the clinical picture which Fröhlich reported in 1901.1 Since his paper is not readily accessible, the present report is written with the intention of reconstructing the clinical picture of this case. The original publication was given in the form of a lecture; most of the data were recorded in incomplete sentences. This style is not well suited to a verbatim translation. The present report follows the original description as closely as possible. The quotations from the older literature, which Fröhlich discussed in detail in his paper, have been omitted. The order in which the material was

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