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February 13, 1892

Case of Mal-Assimilation of the Phosphates and Carbonates.-Reply

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(7):202. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411110020006

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To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:  I was recently asked to see a child, whom I had attended in its last illness, to determine whether or not it was actually dead.The child had been sick six weeks with influenza, and had finally succumbed to a complicating pneumonia. The illness had been very severe throughout, and it was only remarkable that it had lived as long as it did. I saw the child a few minutes before it died— at 6 P.M. Wednesday—at which time it was unconscious, and the respiration spasmodic and slow.On Saturday afternoon, nearly three days after death, I was asked to examine the body. The mother called attention to the fact that the lips were red, and feared lest the child was not really dead. The lips were indeed red, but upon parting them it was found that the redness

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