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July 1912


Am J Dis Child. 1912;IV(1):35-42. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1912.04100190038007

The coincidence of two cases of burns, each followed by tetanus, occurring within two days of one another, coupled with the prevalent belief as to the supposed infrequency of such a complication, formed the incentive for this report and review of the literature.

Case 1 (Reported by courtesy of Dr. J. A. Graham).  —E. F., female, 6 years old, admitted to the Children's Memorial Hospital August 23, 1911, with history that about three hours before while playing about a bonfire, she jumped too near the flames, caught her clothes on fire, and sustained a burn of the body.

Examination.  —Burn of first degree, and, to a slight extent, of second degree, covering all of back from neck to buttocks, and extending around the right side to the middle line in front. Burn also of both hands, and of right upper arm. Child very nervous and irritable; cried and talked almost

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