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February 25, 1939

Abortive Poliomyelitis: Rein abortive und nicht-paretische Formen der Heine-Medin'schen Krankheit

JAMA. 1939;112(8):768-769. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800080088033

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This short monograph on abortive poliomyelitis is a valuable contribution to the subject. Although the author presents a brief review, his remarks are quite pertinent. He begins with a short historical outline of the subject and discusses in a systematic manner the epidemiology, the clinical appearances in the various types of abortive poliomyelitis, the pathologic changes, the differential diagnosis, prognosis and prophylaxis, and the therapy of this disease. It is of interest to note the many references to American contributions to this subject. The author states that the first report on the abortive type of poliomyelitis was made in 1894 by Caverly, who discussed the epidemic in the Otter Creek Valley in Vermont. Subsequent contributions were made by writers from Norway, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland. In the epidemiology of this disease the author discusses local epidemics in various countries, particularly Germany and Switzerland. Later the larger epidemics are reviewed and

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