It has recently been reported that the ingestion of a protein hydrolysate together with a vitamin preparation produces distinct clinical improvement in muscular dystrophy.* A group of children believed to have this disease have therefore been placed on such a regimen. The results have been compared with those obtained with physical therapy alone as well as with the spontaneous changes which occur without hydrolysate and without physical therapy.
MATERIAL AND METHODS
Twenty-nine children afflicted with muscular dystrophy, 2 to 15 years of age, have been seen at intervals by a physical therapist, an orthopedist, and a physician. In all of these patients the diagnosis seems justified by virtue of the findings on physical examination and on biopsy of muscle sections. The details of these observations together with the results of certain biochemical studies of body fluids have been presented earlier.†Serial measurements of muscle strength have been made in the
DONALDSON JS, WRATNEY MJ, PASCASSIO A, WEIGAND FA, DANOWSKI TS. VIII. Trials of Protein Hydrolysate, Vitamin Supplements, and Physical Therapy. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(5):449-453. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020451005