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December 10, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(24):743-745. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400230007002b

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I desire to present the records of two cases of a type of disease fortunately by no means common. I am led to suspect that the malady may be far more frequent than we know, owing to occasional difficulty of detection by one not on the lookout. The first case I report occurred in my own practice and in my own family. As I look back upon it, I see that had I been as watchful as I might have been I would have discovered the evil full 40 hours before the time I first suspected it. That lost time was precious. I will not say that had the case been recognized from the first the little life would have been spared, but surely its chances would have been better. I had never known of such a case. A medical friend who was present at the birth of the babe

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