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May 13, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1068. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460052025

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There are very few subjects of greater interest than the influence of acute infectious disorders on chronic disease processes. That this influence is often a very positive one is well known to every physician of large experience in the treatment of acute and chronic maladies, and it is also a well-known fact that an attack of acute infectious disease often results in the development of some chronic pathologic condition. In the Revue de Médicine for February 10, 1899, Didé has contributed an interesting paper upon this subject in which the well-known fact is pointed out that the oncoming of an infectious disease often produces convulsions of an epileptiform character, and on the other hand that the development of an acute infection may indefinitely postpone symptoms of a chronic malady which have previously been frequent in their occurrence. Thus in epilepsy, in the earliest stage of onset the convulsions are apt

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