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September 17, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(12):1024-1026. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330120046016

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A DISCUSSION OF THE PREVALENT INFANTILE PARALYSIS  Epidemic poliomyelitis has long been known under the name of infantile paralysis and under this name its symptomatology has been described in the text-books. Small outbreaks have been described, one occurring in the United States as early as 1841, but epidemics were not frequently noticed until about 15 years ago. The prevalence of the disease appears to have been increasing since that time. An extensive outbreak occurred in Sweden in 1905 and two have occurred in Australia, one in 1903 and the other in 1908. An extensive epidemic occurred last year in Prussia, especially in Westphalia. The principal epidemics in this country during the last 3 years have occurred in Boston, New York, Minnesota, Kansas, etc., and the disease has been unusually prevalent during the past summer in many states.The interest excited by these epidemics has led to a great deal of investigation which has advanced our knowledge of

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