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INFANTILE PARALYSIS: SPINAL FORM

JOHN LOVETT MORSE, A.M., M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1911;II(2):92-95. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1911.04100080029003.
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It hardly seems necessary to consider in detail the symptomatology of the ordinary classical type of the spinal form of infantile paralysis. Everyone knows how varied the onset may be and how much difference there is in the severity of the constitutional symptoms. It is common knowledge that the paralysis comes on quickly in the course of a few hours, or at most in three or four days; that there is then a stationary period of from one to four weeks, which is followed by a period of improvement lasting from six months to perhaps a year, and that the final paralysis is always less than the initial. The improvement in the paralysis is due to the facts that many of the ganglion cells, which at the height of the disease are merely compressed or only partially involved, recover their function, wholly or in part, and that the nerve-supply of

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