In the literature on osteomalacia, on multiple cystic tumors of bone and on parathyroid tumors, there is a clinical picture, found occasionally under all of these titles, which seems to deserve description as a separate clinical entity. The study of the case reported here first called our attention to this disease.
A woman, aged 56, entered Barnes Hospital, Feb. 9, 1927, because of complete inability to walk, frequency of urination, and a swelling of the right forefinger. She had been strong and healthy during her childhood. She married at 22, but had never become pregnant. The patient lived with her husband on a small farm, where she worked hard. Some time in her girlhood she conceived a dislike for milk. She had other strong dislikes for food, which finally led her to adopt a diet that was extremely ill balanced. She was well, however, until the age of 38, at