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Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(3):722-723. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970030168016.
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History.—A colored boy, aged 6, entered Duke Hospital on Aug. 13, 1933, because of headache, dizziness and unconsciousness. He had been well until two days before admission. At that time, he complained of "stomach ache," which disappeared after catharsis. The next morning his head ached and, shortly afterward, he became dizzy and drowsy, and was too weak to climb into bed. His left arm and leg made spasmodic movements and his right limbs were powerless. Speech was only slightly impaired until later in the day, when he became stuporous. He had taken no food or water for twenty-four hours preceding admission to the hospital. The family history was interesting in that a brother had died several months previously after the onset and course of symptoms similar to those of this patient. A sister, aged 12, had had "rheumatism" for several years and her blood smears showed 25 per cent


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