This epidemic occurred during the summer of 1909. In proportion to the population it was greatly more extensive than the epidemic in New York City of 1907. My report is based on personal letters received from fifty-eight physicians, a number of whom I have seen personally. I have been greatly aided by Drs. H. W. Orr and W. H. Wilson of Lincoln, Nebraska, and hereby acknowledge my appreciation of their courtesy. Dr. Orr investigated the epidemic with a view to determining chiefly the nature and extent of the resulting paralysis. His paper was recently read before the American Orthopedic Society. Dr. Orr wrote directly to the people and received replies from 213 families, reporting on 345 cases. The total number of cases reported to him was 619. A brief summary is as follows:
Fully recovered, 151; not reported, 195; died, 91; one arm affected, 21: one leg, 53; side, 7; both
McCLANAHAN HM. A BRIEF REPORT OF THE NEBRASKA EPIDEMIC OF POLIOMYELITIS. JAMA. 1910;55(14):1160–1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330140004002
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