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May 13, 1939


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Ponca City, Okla.

JAMA. 1939;112(19):1934-1935. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.62800190002012a

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In view of the variation in the severity of the infection causing anterior poliomyelitis, with its differences in clinical picture, its symptomatology and its resulting paralysis, one case report is not of great value. The case here reported is interesting because the patient was seen during the acute stage and rather surprising results were had accompanying the use of sulfapyridine in the treatment.

History.—  M. E. M., a well developed girl aged 9 years, weighing 65 pounds (29.5 Kg.), was first seen March 22, 1939, complaining of pain in the right leg and inability to walk without falling; onset had occurred two days before with fever, headache, pains in the back and legs, and general malaise.

Examination.—  The temperature was 101, pulse 120, respiratory rate 20.The skin, eyes, nose, throat, lungs, heart and abdomen were all entirely normal.Examination of the right leg revealed the knee jerk

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