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May 1959

Introductory Remarks. Morning Session

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;97(5_PART_II):655. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070010657001

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On behalf of the staff of the newly inaugurated Isaac Albert Research Institute, I wish to welcome the participants in this symposium. There are present, today, interested and dedicated scientists from many research centers in this country and abroad who will discuss their findings concerning the lipidoses. It is our mutual hope that this interchange of ideas will serve to bring closer the day when this group of diseases will no longer be a menace.

The study of amaurotic family idiocy (Tay-Sachs' disease) and allied disorders at this hospital started about six years ago when the first baby afflicted with the infantile form of this disease was autopsied. Since then more than 111 cases of TaySachs' disease have been analyzed and many of the patients hospitalized for extended periods of observation. The clinical observations as well as anthropometric and pneumoencephalographic studies were correlated with serial biochemical data of blood and

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