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July 7, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(1):33. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400530049013

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Dear Sir:  —In a recent issue of The Journal I notice the report of a case of acute rheumatism seen in a child only 11 days old.This calls to mind a case that I saw during the month of April of this year—the child being two months old. I mistook the complaint, the first thirty-six hours, as being one of intestinal trouble, and so attributed the child's crying and fret to that cause. On a subsequent (third) visit, my attention was called to the child's swollen and red left shoulder, and that it would not permit the slightest movement of that arm without crying. Of course there was a complete change in the treatment. I had the arm and side bathed freely several times a day with wintergreen oil, preferring to give the salicylic acid in that form. The little patient showed signs of improvement in twenty-four hours, combined

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