If a large number of sick children be observed it will be noted that apparent paralysis is not rare. In the absence of signs of the causative disease, it will be difficult to exclude true paralysis, such as anterior poliomyelitis, the cerebral palsies, various spastic paralyses and other less common diseases of the nervous system. My case records show that these cases group themselves in three classes:
I. THE PARALYTIC SYMPTOMS OF RACHITIS
Thomas and Furrer,1 in their article reviewing one hundred cases of rickets, stated that 40 per cent. of infants and children in the hospital class between the ages of 6 months and 2 years have rickets. Morse, of the Infants' Hospital, Boston, showed that 80 per cent. have the characteristic lesions of the disease. One becomes convinced, therefore, that few institutional infants escape rachitis; and I have observed that a large number of dispensary babies are
NEFF FC. CASES ILLUSTRATING THE PSEUDOPARALYSES OF EARLY CHILDHOOD. JAMA. 1909;LII(19):1490–1491. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420450022002a
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