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August 1923

THE TREATMENT OF INFANTILE TETANY WITH ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION: ITS EFFECT ON THE CLINICAL SYMPTOMS AND ON THE CALCIUM CONCENTRATICN IN THE BLOOD SERUM

Author Affiliations

BOSTON
From the Infant's Hospital, The Children's Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School.

Am J Dis Child. 1923;26(2):186-194. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1923.04120140085008
Abstract

As a result of the many investigations on the pathogenesis of infantile tetany, various remedial agents have been suggested for its treatment. Temporary starvation, catharsis and change from cow's milk to maternal milk have all been employed, but at present are usually considered accessory to more potent measures. The effect of cod liver oil with and without phosphorus has been more completely studied, and gradual but rather slow improvement demonstrated. Howland and Marriott,1 in 1918, placed the therapeutic use of calcium on a scientific basis by showing that, in active infantile tetany, the calcium concentration in the blood serum is uniformly low and that this concentration can be increased by the administration of sufficient doses of calcium salts. It is a recognized fact that, even with combined cod liver oil and calcium therapy, the return of the serum calcium to a normal figure may be very slow, although the

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