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November 1921


Am J Dis Child. 1921;22(5):493-499. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1921.04120050064009

The purpose of this paper is to direct attention to a symptom that in my experience and in that of my immediate associates is of very frequent occurrence and which has, so far as I know, received little, if any, attention in the literature. Several recent exhaustive papers on the subject of abdominal pain in children do not mention it and a partial search of the literature would lead one to think that others have either not made the same observation or else have failed to consider it as a distinct entity worthy of record. For nearly ten years this symptom has so regularly and so insistently intruded on our attention that it has seemed to me worth while to discuss it on an occasion like this.

The symptom to which I refer is that of abdominal pain occurring often to the exclusion of all other subjective symptoms, or, at

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