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November 27, 1943


JAMA. 1943;123(13):841-844. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840480041016

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MANAGEMENT OF POLIOMYELITIS  The War Department, Washington, D. C., recently released Circular Letter No. 175, regarding the management of poliomyelitis, which is as follows:


    • The sudden onset and obscure source of poliomyelitis the uncertainty of effective preventive measures, the lack of specific therapeutic agents and the frequently distressing residuals or occasional deaths among those attacked have established a special dread of the disease among the general public and the medical profession alike. As a medicomilitary problem poliomyelitis has not been proportional to the public interest in and concern for it. However, although it is a relatively rare disease in the Army, it presents certain special problems of management.

    • The principles of therapy which follow were formulated after conference with a group of recognized authorities on the different aspects of poliomyelitis. These principles are stated here in the belief that they include the most

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