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July 15, 1911


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JAMA. 1911;LVII(3):213. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260070217013

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Patient.  —April 26, 1911, the patient, a boy, aged 12, was too ill to attend school and, with the exception of a few short intervals, remained in bed all day suffering from sick headache and pain in the leg. During the day headache was increased.

Course.  —The next morning the mother gave him one-half ounce of magnesium sulphate, which was vomited almost immediately. Vomiting continued at intervals until midnight. Vomiting came on suddenly each time, was projectile, and patient was unable to raise his head. From 12 o'clock until 4 a. m., April 28, patient was comparatively quiet, when vomiting was resumed, and was incessant until 11 a. m. At 8 a. m. patient was given castor oil, which was retained but a short time. The mother thought the boy was suffering from typhoid fever, and applied some measures of her own. From 11 o'clock the vomiting was less severe

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