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Progress in Pediatrics
August 1925


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Am J Dis Child. 1925;30(2):240-258. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.01920140100011

DIAGNOSIS  Among the many varieties of jaundice, icterus neonatorum has occupied a peculiar place for many years. It is a variety of jaundice which nearly always has a favorable progress, and as a rule many phenomena which we see, almost without exception, in other forms of jaundice are lacking here. The majority of writers are inclined to regard icterus neonatorum as a physiologic phenomenon, a view which may be justified by the fact that this condition is so often noted. Though the reports of different writers do not quite agree in this respect, at present about 80 per cent, of them do. Almost without exception, premature and weak children have icterus neonatorum more frequently than do normal children; it is said that boys are more commonly affected than girls.1With this form of icterus, as before mentioned, many phenomena are lacking which are seen in the other forms. Among