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August 1951

EPIDEMIC POLIOMYELITIS: Review of Five Hundred Twenty-Six Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Poliomyelitis Service, Willard Parker Hospital.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(2):160-168. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040173007

POLIOMYELITIS was an epidemic disease throughout the country in 1949.

In New York during the last half of the year 526 patients were observed and treated in the Willard Parker Hospital. These cases do not represent a true cross section of the epidemic as it occurred in the city (2,446 cases reported1), but rather a concentration of the more severely involved patients. The purpose of this paper is to present briefly some of the clinical and pathological aspects of these

cases, noting certain symptoms referable to the gastrointestinal tract. Reference will also be made to therapeutic procedures and the use of certain drugs. Several of these subjects will be presented in more detail in future reports.

CLASSIFICATION OF CASES  Cases were classified as either nonparalytic or paralytic, with the pure type and combinations of spinal, bulbar, and encephalitic types fitting into the latter group (Table 1). There were 141

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