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February 13, 1892


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JAMA. 1892;XVIII(7):188-190. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411110004001a

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The following is a description of the skeleton of a woman who died of osteomalacia; it was obtained by me for the Army Medical Museum, where it is catalogued as No. 10,010, Pathological section. Its entire weight is only 2 lbs. 13 oz.

The bones generally show extreme rarefaction; the compact tissue reduced to almost paper-like thinness. They can be readily cut with knife or scissors, the incision ceasing at the point of the instrument and not splitting the bone beyond; showing the absence of mere fragility. The degeneration is most marked in the bones of the limbs; less so in the head, trunk and pelvis. These in the recent state Avere more vascular than the bones of the limbs; and of the latter those of the left limb were the more vascular; many bones appeared to be devoid of blood vessels. Medullary cavities and cancelli much dilated; in the

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