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November 1911


Am J Dis Child. 1911;II(5):332-339. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1911.04100110041005

At the last meeting of the Association of American Physicians a year ago Dr. Christian A. Herter presented a paper on intestinal infantilism, a definite condition which he recognized, analyzed, and, after exhaustive study, published with a very complete description of its characteristics.

Notwithstanding the great amount of scientific work accomplished by Dr. Herter, it seems likely that his name will be perpetuated in connection with this condition of intestinal infantilism more than with any other work that he did, for he described a condition that was never before carefully studied, and thus established it as a distinct disease with characteristic symptoms, intestinal flora and changes in the urine.

The study of different types of dwarfs (see table) has only recently attracted much attention, and while different classifications have been made it is probable that the types described by different men under different names could really be brought together in