Only two papers1 on trichinosis have appeared in pediatric periodicals in the past twenty years. Both contained a report of a single case. In the last twelve years there have been 8 cases of trichinosis in the children's service of the Lenox Hill Hospital. Autopsy was performed on a girl after a clinical course of only four days' duration. Staübli has been quoted2 as stating that postmortem examination in cases in which the clinical course was of less than three weeks' duration are unknown or at least are quite rare. While this statement now seems somewhat exaggerated, it certainly still applies to children who are ill less than a week. It was thought of value to analyze these 8 cases and review the subject of trichinosis, especially in the light of modern experimental research and prevalent concepts of the disease.
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