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November 1931


Am J Dis Child. 1931;42(5):1114-1116. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940180064009

During an epidemic of measles, my experience1 concerning the frequency of splenic enlargement and its relationship to the efflorescence failed to confirm that of Bleyer, who found this organ enlarged in more than half of the cases. I was eager to determine whether observation in a subsequent epidemic would again disclose the same wide discrepancy between our figures, or whether it would yield results more nearly similar. With this object in view, I examined with more than usual care the children whom I saw in the course of an epidemic which made its appearance in our vicinity in January, 1930.

One hundred and twenty-one private patients were treated. Two were excluded from calculation because of a preexisting enlargement of the spleen, leaving one hundred and nineteen children, who form the basis of the present study. Sixty-one were male and fifty-eight female. The youngest child in the series was 7

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