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June 1920


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Consulting Neurologist to the Children's Hospital PHILADELPHIA

Am J Dis Child. 1920;19(6):473-477. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1920.01910240063007

REPORT OF CASES  Case 1.—W. D., a boy, 4½ months old, was admitted to the service of Dr. Gittings at the Children's Hospital, Oct. 10, 1919, having had four convulsions in the preceding twelve hours, and fever and diarrhea for one week. The family history revealed nothing of interest, except that of nine brothers and sisters, three were stillborn, three died of "summer complaint," and three survive in good health. The birth was a breech presentation and in delivery the right shoulder was slightly hurt. The injury was trifling. Weight at birth was said to be 10 pounds, the same as on admission. (I suspect that the weight at birth was guessed at, not taken by scales.) The child was breast fed for one month and then was put on Mellin's food. The mother's mental level is shown by the fact that she never noticed the vitally important symptoms described

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