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December 31, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(27):2277-2278. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740790047025

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Poliomyelitis in Czechoslovakia  Poliomyelitis has become a serious public health problem in Czechoslovakia. It was not a notifiable disease until 1928, at which time it began to spread in a menacing way. The first epidemic in Czechoslovakia was reported in 1929 in the eastern part of the country simultaneously with epidemics in the neighboring countries of Hungary and Rumania. In 1930 there was a remission but in 1931 there were a considerable number of cases in the western part of the country. One of the last meetings of the Association of Czech Physicians was devoted to the demonstration of patients suffering from the results of poliomyelitis. There is in Czechoslovakia a higher proportion of cases in adults than in the United States or the Scandinavian countries, where the disease has been prevalent for many years. The clinical picture shows also some differences from the well known one in children. The