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December 1, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(22):778. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400730022004

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The apparently unrecognized, or but little recognized disease of infantrymen, is written of in an interesting article in the Revue Générale de Clinique et de Therapeutique, of October 25, by Ch. Eloy. It may be considered as an œdema localized at the head of the two or three metatarsal bones of the centre of the foot, with an accompanying osteo-periostitis. The cases on record number 20, 8 having been reported by Pauzat in 1887, 11 by Poulet 1888, and one by Eloy. Of the 19 cases of Pauzat and Poulet, 2 were old soldiers. In all of the cases the symptoms came on after marching. In all the cases there were two cardinal symptoms: painful œdema and periostitis. The œdema was first manifested, after one or more long marches, by a swelling limited to the level of the dorsal face of the two or three intermediate metatarsals, and sometimes invaded

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