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November 21, 1896

RACHITIC CHEST DEFORMITY IN TWINS, WITH EXHIBITION OF CASTS.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(21):1102. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430990026001i

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Abstract

These cases are presented because they are unique. They were twins, the mother being a hunchback. The deformity is very nearly alike in the twins. They died of atelectasis and pneumonia at the age of fifteen months. In the case of Sarah Coy, we found a small strip of lung tissue on the left side, the other being of an atelectic character. The other lung was slightly encroached upon. This child just previous to death weighed eight and one-quarter pounds. Its breathing in best physical condition was eighty to ninety per minute, and the respiration during the last illness ran up as high as one hundred and twenty per minute, practically panting. A line drawn through the chest, directly from the central portion of the sternum, would have pierced the inner angle of the cartilages of the ribs as they were bent in, in each case. The other case is

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