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November 14, 1931

A CASE OF RESPIRATORY PARALYSIS IN POLIOMYELITIS SUCCESSFULLY TREATED IN A RESPIRATOR

JAMA. 1931;97(20):1464-1465. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.27310200002009a
Abstract

This case report is presented for two reasons: First, it describes, as far as we know, the third case of recovery from the respiratory paralysis of poliomyelitis by treatment in a Drinker respirator.1 Second, many problems and details of the management of such a case are new and a record of them may assist in the management of future cases.

REPORT OF CASE  F. McG., a woman, aged 25, a senior student nurse at St. Luke's Hospital, reported ill, Sept. 9, 1930. The previous day she had developed a slightly sore throat and complained of pain in the back of the neck, which had later shifted to the right thoracic region. There was cough, painful respiration and a chilly sensation with a temperature of 103.6 F. Respirations were 24, and there were fine, bronchial râles throughout, most marked at the right base, where there was a slight pleural rub.

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