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October 6, 1883


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JAMA. 1883;I(13):384. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390130004001d

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[Prepared for the Section on Diseases of Children.]

One cannot treat children for any length of time without being impressed by the fact that the diseases that exclusively belong to them are few. There will appear a certain unity of signs and symptoms in each case. The ordinary critical observer will soon learn to generalize these into two classes. If he has eyes to see and sees, and ears to hear and hears, he will perceive that in almost every case of sickness in children there is some trouble with either the breathing or digestive apparatus. And if he exercises his faculties ties he may soon learn to read the signals which nature hangs out to inform him as to which set are in trouble. Now he should not lose his balance, and imagine that an inflammation exists in one or the other set of organs. More often in the

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