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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1911
The so-called "epidemic dropsy" of India first attracted attention in 1877, when an outbreak took place in Calcutta. The succeeding few years witnessed a somewhat limited spread of the disease, but it apparently died out completely, and for about twenty years no fresh cases were reported. In 1901, however, cases clinically similar to the earlier ones were again observed in Calcutta, and in the following decade the disease attained such importance as to cause a government investigation. A report of the results obtained so far has been made recently by Greig,1 and his findings are of considerable interest in view of the close similarity shown by this affection to beriberi.Although some resemblance between epidemic dropsy and
THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1911;LVII(10):826–828. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090048020
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