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"TETANISM"

HERMAN B. SHEFFIELD, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1933;45(1):151. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01950140161017.
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Nov. 4, 1932.

To the Editor:—Through a reprint recently distributed by the Sandoz Chemical Works I learned of an article that appeared in the American Journal of Diseases of Children by Dr. Harold T. Nesbit on "A Syndrome Occurring in the Neonatal Period Manifesting Tetany-Like Symptoms." May I call attention to the fact that this group of symptoms was described and illustrated by me under the heading of "Tetanism" as early as August, 1910, in the Archives of Pediatrics and subsequently in other journals, as well as in my books on pediatrics? The cyanosis and edema Dr. Nesbit refers to vary with the degree and duration of the muscular contractions, and hence do not form a constant symptom, and were not particularly emphasized in my original paper. A little study of past literature might have aided Dr. Nesbit to obtain a clearer perspective of the subject in question.

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