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February 6, 1915


Author Affiliations

New York Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University; Associate Attending Physician, St. Luke's Hospital

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(6):509. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570320033015

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The following case is reported because of its being readily mistaken for an ordinary febrile affection. Its probable nature was determined only by the development of a bladder paralysis and the results of lumbar puncture.

On October 4, a Harvard student consulted me for an ordinary upper respiratory inflammation; rhinitis and pharyngitis were moderately severe, but without febrile disturbance. Owing to his susceptibility to colds, as a matter of prudence he was kept in bed until October 7; on that day he was allowed to get up, and returned to Cambridge the evening of the ninth. With the exception of one trip to Brockton, he had been in Cambridge since the first of October, and two days previous to my seeing him, had been to Piping Rock, L. I. On the tenth, he felt badly, and still worse on the eleventh, when he returned to New York and was seen

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