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May 1956

VIII. Trials of Protein Hydrolysate, Vitamin Supplements, and Physical Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Research Medicine and the Children's Hospital, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(5):449-453. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020451005

It has recently been reported that the ingestion of a protein hydrolysate together with a vitamin preparation produces distinct clinical improvement in muscular dystrophy.* A group of children believed to have this disease have therefore been placed on such a regimen. The results have been compared with those obtained with physical therapy alone as well as with the spontaneous changes which occur without hydrolysate and without physical therapy.

MATERIAL AND METHODS  Twenty-nine children afflicted with muscular dystrophy, 2 to 15 years of age, have been seen at intervals by a physical therapist, an orthopedist, and a physician. In all of these patients the diagnosis seems justified by virtue of the findings on physical examination and on biopsy of muscle sections. The details of these observations together with the results of certain biochemical studies of body fluids have been presented earlier.†Serial measurements of muscle strength have been made in the