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June 1973

Ueber Muskelhypertrophie

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(6):894-898. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160060090022

Several observations have recently been made on the phenomenon known as muscular hypertrophy. These observations have hitherto been of isolated cases, on account of the rarity of this peculiar state, in which there is a noticeable increase in the volume of muscle accompanied by a significant decrease in strength: this constitutes a counterpart or rather an antithesis to the cases known as progressive muscular atrophy. I recently encountered my first such case, which has now been followed for over two months on my service. I demonstrated the patient not long ago to the medical section of the Swiss Scientific Congress, and have on other occasions presented him to many of my colleagues, all of whom stated that they had not previously seen such a case. I decided to use this patient to examine more closely the basis of this peculiar affliction, of which there has been hitherto absolutely no anatomical

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