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June 23, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1610. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610250022003g

I have examined several text-books on the diseases of children, and in all of them I found that the discussion of prognosis occupied but very little space. It would not take me ten minutes to read to you all that I found in two or three text-books, and it will not be necessary, therefore, for me to occupy very much time in discussing the subject. It has impressed me, as it must have impressed every physician who has had the opportunity to see sick children, that when they suffer from disease of the heart the prognosis should generally be more hopeful than when adults suffer with heart disease. This is partly because they are more elastic than adults, whose tissues are stiffer and may almost be said to be brittle, and most of all, perhaps, because children who have not attained their full growth have the opportunity for repair during

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