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April 11, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(15):1191. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310410031003b

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Acute ascending paralysis with a fatal termination in less than thirty-six hours, occurring in a boy 8 years of age, is so unusual that the following case is worthy of record:

E. V., Mexican, aged 8 years; one of eight children; family and personal history negative; an unusually strong robust child; never had an acute illness of any sort. During the week preceding the onset of the present illness he had three slight attacks of epistaxis. Other than this the case presents no history of possible prodromal symptoms.

Sept. 15, 1907, the child played about the home as usual. After the evening meal he romped with an older brother, using boxing gloves. The mother states that he engaged in this play for five or ten minutes. He was perspiring some after the exertion of the play, but otherwise appeared as well as usual; went to bed about 8 p. m.

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