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August 7, 1943

The Kenny Concept of Infantile Paralysis and Its Treatment

JAMA. 1943;122(15):1050-1051. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840320068035

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For some time physicians and physical therapists have wanted a clear exposition on the Kenny method of treatment for infantile paralysis. The original book by Sister Kenny did not answer the many questions now answered by Dr. Pohl. However, the question of records is still avoided.

Chapter I is a clear explanation of the symptoms as interpreted by Sister Kenny. It is well written and understandable if read with an open mind. Chapter II deals thoroughly with muscle spasm and succeeds in illustrating the symptom. More and better illustrations, especially of the back and shoulder, are needed. How little and fleeting spasm may be should be stressed. Chapters III and iv on the nursing care should be studied by all responsible for the care of patients in the acute stage; chapter iv is well illustrated. Chapter v is quite orthodox. There is no place for the respirator because it increases

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