February 1951

Die Therapie der übertragbaren Kinderlähmung.

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By Dr. Kurt Hofmeier. Price, 7.50 marks. Pp. 112, with 6 illustrations and 4 tables. Georg Thieme Verlag, Diemershaldenstrasse 47, Stuttgart-O (American Zone), 1949.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(2):312. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030321019

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The author objects to the publication of each case of poliomyelitis in the daily press. The main body of his book is devoted to the discussion of treatment. The first part describes some of the methods used at present. Reconvalescent serum may be administered on demand of the parents, although it is of no demonstrable effect on the course of the disease, nor does it possess any prophylactic value. Transfusion of whole blood may have a beneficial effect on the general condition, but a specific action is denied. Lumbar puncture, particularly when repeated, is not recommended. Treatment by drugs, including homeopathic treatment, may have a limited palliative effect on some symptoms. Physical therapeutic measures, such as diathermy or roentgen rays, are not recommended; the latter are directly condemned. Children with much pain of the spinal column may be treated with heat or cold. Electric stimulation of muscles may be omitted.

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