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August 1911


Am J Dis Child. 1911;II(2):75-91. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1911.04100080012002

During the first epidemic of poliomyelitis and in the recurrent outbreaks in New York and vicinity there have occurred here and there a number of cases which have been of great interest because of their close simulation of certain cerebral conditions which I shall mention later. I refer to those cases of poliomyelitis which belong more particularly to the cerebral group of this affection. Polioencephalitis or encephalitis, as it is called, was first brought into closer relationship with poliomyelitis by Medin. In the large Swedish epidemic of 1905 there were many of these cases, and Medin in his early writings insisted on the general identity of this set of cases with poliomyelitis as it was then known. His assumptions were at first disputed by men of no less genius than Henoch, who thought that Medin in describing the cerebral forms of poliomyelitis as identical with the spinal forms in etiology

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