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August 16, 1884

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BLOODY DISCHARGES FROM THE BOWELS IN YOUNG CHILDREN.

Author Affiliations

OF PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1884;III(7):180-183. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390560001001a
Abstract

Read in Section on Diseases of Children, American Medical Association, May, 1884.

The occurrence of blood in the alvine discharges of a young child, whether in amount large enough to constitute actual intestinal hæmorrhage, or existing only as a few small clots or streaks of blood, is a symptom which naturally excites alarm in the minds of those having it in charge, and usually is the signal for prompt appeal for medical aid. Whether rightfully or not, in an individual case, it may be considered as the rule that this accident in childhood is of much more serious import than in adult life, although in some instances the pathological conditions are identical. On account of the gravity and urgency of the morbid states involved, the opportunity for the exhibition of skill in diagnosis, and the possibility of brilliant results from appropriate treatment, I would regard this class of cases as

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