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December 4, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(23):1904-1906. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680230028009

The cases included in this series represent the total number of cases of infantile tetany treated in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia during 1924 and the first nine months of 1925. These cases were studied at the instigation and under the direction of Dr. J. P. C. Griffith, to whom we are indebted for the privilege of reporting them. The cases have been studied from the aspects of etiology, symptomatology, blood studies and treatment.

ETIOLOGIC FACTORS  Eighteen of the infants were colored; three were white, of whom one was Italian, and two of Anglo-Saxon parentage.Twelve infants, or 57.1 per cent, were males; nine, or 42.9 per cent, were females. That is, there were four males to every three females.The age at which symptoms began was noted. From table 1, it will be seen that no cases began after the fourteenth month, and that eleven cases, or 52.4 per