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October 29, 1932


Author Affiliations

Memphis, Tenn.

JAMA. 1932;99(18):1500-1501. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27410700003010a

Much has been written about Addison's disease, especially during the last two years, but with the exception of the work of Pfiffner and Swingle1 in producing the cortical extract, little knowledge has been added to the original contribution of Addison in 1855.

A search of the literature does not record an instance in which a patient with Addison's disease has gone through a full term pregnancy, but there was an article2 referring to this subject, in a Spanish journal.

Besides the complication of pregnancy, the case that I am reporting has several interesting features: (a) It comes within that interesting and exclusive group of patients living longer than five years. Greene, Rowntree, Swingle and Pfiffner3 report a collection of eleven cases in which the patients lived longer than five years, and from the Mayo Clinic comes a report4 of two patients living ten and thirteen years.