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April 1940

TETANUS IN CHILDHOOD: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO TREATMENT

Author Affiliations

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.
From the Department of Medicine (Pediatrics) of the University of Southern California Medical School and the Children's Hospital, Los Angeles.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(4):693-710. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990150011001
Abstract

When in 1936 one of the physicians on the staff of the Children's Hospital expressed surprise that several consecutive patients with tetanus had recovered during that year, the remark prompted a review of the cases of tetanus observed in that hospital since 1921. The present communication is concerned with those and with subsequent cases. The small number of cases involved cannot be subjected to detailed statistical analysis, and the many uncontrolled variables preclude all but the most general conclusions. In spite of these drawbacks, I feel that certain valid observations have been made and that their implications are of such grave import as to warrant reporting.

REVIEW OF CASES  Although the primary concern of this report is with the treatment of tetanus in children, it is well to become acquainted with the types of cases under discussion. To that end a brief clinical review (largely tabular for the sake of

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