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May 26, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(21):1313-1314. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610210019001f

Mrs. S., with her boy, 3 years old, called at my office on Dec. 2, 1899, stating that her child had not been feeling well for the last few days, and that his bowels were very loose. The family history was negative, the child's complexion was sallow, with slight anemia, and a coated tongue. He looked dull and depressed and refused to answer any question, not taking any interest in his surroundings. Temperature per rectum was 98.8 F., pulse 106, respiration 38. His mother stated that his bowels moved about eight or ten times during the day, that he had no appetite, and had ceased to play as he once did.

I prescribed small doses of calomel followed by magnesium sulphate and an antidiarrheal and tonic mixture, put him on a liquid diet, told the mother that she must keep him in bed, and if he was not better to