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July 29, 1916


Author Affiliations

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; Consulting Orthopedist, Elyria Memorial Hospital and Gates Hospital for Crippled and Deformed Children, Elyria, Ohio; Orthopedist, East Side Free Dispensary and Mount Sinai Hospital, Cleveland CLEVELAND

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(5):325-328. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590050003002

Despite the great advances in recent years in our knowledge concerning the etiology and pathology of acute myelo-encephalitis, and notwithstanding the numerous excellent papers recently published on the early treatment of this disease and its effect on the outcome of the paralysis, few diseases of such serious nature are so little understood by the medical profession at large as this one. We have been powerless to prevent the spread of epidemics; unable to make the correct diagnosis until after the advent of a frank paralysis. Treatment both prophylactic and curative has been futile, and the correct outlook as to the future progress of a given case is rarely foretold. Is there any wonder, therefore, that so many patients fall into the hands of quacks and irregular practitioners?

This at least has been the writer's experience in the recent epidemic of infantile paralysis in Ohio. He has seen many patients, improperly

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