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September 22, 1883


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JAMA. 1883;I(11):333-334. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390110013001e

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[Read in the Section on Diseases of Children.]

The subject of infantile paralysis is chosen in this instance for two main reasons: First, for what is not known of it; and second, for what ought to be, and possibly in time may be, learned of a malady of so frequent occurrence and so dire in consequences.

The gospel preacher does best when discoursing from a substantial text, and so it is, I fancy, in regard to other speculative as well as practical subjects. Accordingly, for the better discussion of the subject in question, I will introduce a case in point, which will be recognized as a fair type of essential paralysis: A seventeen-month-old female child of previous good health and of good development was recently brought to me by the mother and the attending physician, presenting the following special symptoms:

Complete paraplegia, considerable dyspnæa, slight paresis, involving the muscles of

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