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June 7, 1924

ROENTGEN-RAY THERAPY OF POLIOMYELITIS: PRELIMINARY REPORT

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From departments of roentgenotherapy and poliomyelitis, Hospital for Joint Diseases.

JAMA. 1924;82(23):1847-1850. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650490021005
Abstract

In the infantile paralysis clinic of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, during the summer and fall of 1923, there was a marked increase in the number of cases of poliomyelitis of recent development, as compared with previous nonepidemic years. For the most part, the new cases were very mild, the paralysis being limited to a few muscles, and the recovery of power being rapid. Very early in the summer, however, we were impressed by the frequency of hyperesthesia as a dominant symptom. This was noted in patients who entered the clinic both in the acute stage and in the period of early convalescence, after the febrile manifestations had subsided.

Hyperesthesia as a dominant symptom is characteristic of the polyneuritic type of the disease.1 Biesalski states that this type is present in about 6 per cent, of the cases.2 The percentage of our 1923 series was considerably higher than

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