In 1902, Cautley and Dent stated that the earliest record of congenital pyloric stenosis was that of a case report dated 1841.1
William Osler took exception to this statement,2 and, in 1903, set forth the claims of Hezekiah Beardsley,3 whose monograph, "A Case of Scirrus in the Pylorus of an Infant," he had found in the course of a study that he was making in early American medical literature.
In 1918, I reported that a true case of this disease, occurring at the third week of life, had been described by George Armstrong, in 1777, antedating the report of Beardsley by eleven years.4
It happened that, in 1917, while reading some eighteenth century English texts on pediatrics, through the kindness of Lieut. Col. Fielding Garrison, in the Surgeon General's Library, I came across two works by George Armstrong, a London physician, who lived in the latter
FOOTE JA. THE EARLIEST REPORT OF CONGENITAL PYLORIC STENOSIS. Am J Dis Child. 1927;33(2):294–295. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130140114012
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