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December 13, 1941

Infantile Paralysis: Anterior Poliomyelitis

JAMA. 1941;117(24):2107. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820500089034

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This book is well sprinkled with illustrations. There is a large bibliography and a good cross index. It contains chapters on the history of the disease, port of entry and physical examination. The greater part of the book has to do with care of the patient. As with any book, it represents the opinions of the authors only at the moment it was written, and these are often outdated by the time publication occurs. Some weight is given to laboratory data to support the thesis that the port of entry might be considered as of gastrointestinal origin, but little space is given to clinical evidence. The latter is the only clearcut evidence that has consistently pointed to the fact that the disease could not possibly enter by way of the nose, despite the massive amount of laboratory work done during the last thirty years to prove this thesis. It would

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