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September 1920


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Teaching Fellow in Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School

Am J Dis Child. 1920;20(3):206-210. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1920.01910270054005

MINNEAPOLIS  Although spasmophilia has been studied from almost every angle, and vitamins, at the present time very much in prominence, are known to have definite influence on the functions of the nervous system, no previous attempt, so far as I am aware, has been made to associate the one with the other.By the term spasmophilia or spasmophilic diathesis, as used in this series of studies, is meant, as Langstein and Meyer recommend in their text book,1 the latent condition in which there is hyperexcitability of the nervous system as shown by the electrical reactions or Chvostek's sign or both. For the active condition, manifesting convulsions, laryngospasm, carpopedal spasm or pylorospasm, the term tetany is reserved. Electrical reactions which are considered definitely characteristic of the spasmophilic diathesis are those in which the anodal opening contraction (AOC) is less than the anodal closing contraction (ACC) and is less than 5

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