Acute poliomyelitis has been existent in California for a good many years, appearing sporadically, and in occasional epidemics. The disease has not until recently been considered contagious and the public health reports are, therefore, extremely unsatisfactory sources from which to obtain data concerning the history of this malady in the state.
The first case of which I have been able to get an accurate account occurred in Eureka, California, in 1875. The case was a typical one, in a child, aged 2 years, with acute onset followed in a few days with paralysis in the lower extremities. This patient tells me that another child had the same disease at "about the same time." A search through the California journals on file in the state library, and through the Index Medicus, has failed to give me any further cases recorded between 1875 and 1896. In 1897 appeared a report by Sherman
GUNDRUM FF. ACUTE POLIOMYELITIS IN CALIFORNIA. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(4):254–255. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010254009
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