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May 1959


AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(5):845-846. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270050167034

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Vienna is still the "world capital of tetany." Consequently the author of this book has had the benefit of a large pool of patients afflicted with this disease and all its variations.

Dr. Jesserer has done much in the past and in his present publication to clarify the syndrome of tetany, which has been quite confused up to ten years ago.

The division of the clinical aspects of tetany into the hypocalcemic and normocalcemic forms is a logical one. So, in turn, is their subdivision into different groups based upon their pathological nature.

There are chapters especially dealing with tetany in infants, children, and juveniles; the relationship between tetany and other convulsive states, and the "formes frustes" of the tetanic syndrome.

The final chapter enumerates particularly interesting cases in which the author had to give his expert opinion in court.

The book is well written. The numerous illustrations are of

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