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February 13, 1909


Author Affiliations

Demonstrator of Clinical Medicine, Jefferson Medical College PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1909;LII(7):556-557. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420330038003b

In 1889 Gibney1 of New York described a condition of the spine following enteric fever, of which he had 4 cases, to which the term typhoid spine was applied. From that time until 1902 Lord2 found that 26 cases had been reported, and in 1905 Fluss3 noted 42 cases of the same condition. Silver4 in 1907 reported a case and also reviewed the literature on the subject to that date, collecting in all 67 cases. Since then 2 cases have been reported by Myers,5 1 by Peltesohn6 and 2 by LeBreton.7 An early case by Schmitz,8 which was overlooked in previous reviews, with the following case brings the total to 74.

Patient.  —A lad of sixteen suffered from a mild attack of enteric fever which confined him to bed a little over four weeks. The most prominent feature of the condition was