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September 1934

CEREBRAL INJURY IN THE NEW-BORN: ITS RELATION TO CONSTITUTION AND THE TETANY SYNDROME

Am J Dis Child. 1934;48(3):517-540. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960160039004
Abstract

The confusing frequency of cerebral complications in the new-born, regardless of the type of labor, has resulted in a jumbled mass of uncertain logic revolving perhaps indefinitely but nevertheless accusingly about the pivotal point of obstetric error. That this reasoning has obviously failed to explain the facts has not lessened the burden of responsibility, false though it has often been, foisted on the obstetrician. It is the purpose of this article in a measure to relieve this oppression and to call attention to the frequent existence of a constitutional syndrome during the new-born period which occurs independently of the obstetric procedure and which is often responsible for the symptoms of cerebral disease.

In 1913 Kehrer1 reported a series of six new-born infants whom he considered as presenting a condition of true tetany. His work was disregarded2 in spite of the fact that five of these infants responded to

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