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May 8, 1943

The Kenny Treatment for Infantile Paralysis: An Orthopaedic Report and Comparison of Results on Forty-Eight Cases Treated by This Method

JAMA. 1943;122(2):141. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840190071030

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An orthopedist's attempt to evaluate the Kenny treatment of infantile paralysis from a study of practical and measurable end results forms the basis for a study of 60 cases of the disease. These have been divided for the purpose of comparison into three groups, those having received only the conventional or orthodox treatment, those receiving a period of orthodox treatment superseded by Kenny treatment and those receiving Kenny treatment from the outset of therapy. The study was based on the symptoms described by Miss Kenny, viz. muscular spasm, alienation and incoordination, rather than purely on muscle paralysis as in the past. The results indicate that treatment of these conditions will reduce the disability from the disease. The study brings out that the patients treated with the Kenny technic prove to have less residual paralysis and better functional use of retained muscles, show fewer deformities, and required fewer braces and surgical

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