Because it was hoped by careful and prolonged observation of children with nephritis to obtain more concrete ideas as to the prognosis and diagnosis, the nephritic service was started at the Children's Memorial Hospital about ten years ago. In summarizing1 the observations made on the 186 patients who have been cared for on this service by my associates and me, it was found impossible to use any of the well known classifications, because of the large proportion of cases which could not be pigeonholed accurately. In an effort to find some way to handle this material, the entire group was sorted, so that clinically similar cases appeared together. Because the classification which resulted has made possible an accurate prognosis, it is presented here. The following outline shows the manner in which the cases were grouped, and the diagnostic criteria which were used in making the differential diagnosis.
ALDRICH A. NEPHRITIS IN CHILDREN: PROGNOSIS AND DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS. Am J Dis Child. 1931;41(4):766–774. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940100022004
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