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January 24, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXII(4):251-254. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560290001001

The question of the treatment of infantile paralysis is in these days always before the medical profession of the United States, because each summer since 1907 has left behind it hundreds and sometimes thousands of victims, and with our added experience and our facilities for clinical observation, unfortunately far greater than anywhere else in the world, our ideas of treatment have progressed and have become more defined. If the point of view advanced in this paper is that of an orthopedic surgeon, it is because in most bad cases the surgeon or the orthopedic surgeon is sooner or later consulted, and these two from seeing end-results are perhaps best equipped to judge of the efficiency of the various forms of the earlier treatment.

EARLY DIAGNOSIS IN RELATION TO TREATMENT  The diagnosis of the disease before the appearance of paralysis is constantly overlooked. This is a cause of dissatisfaction to the

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