JAMA. 1907;XLIX(4):299-301. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320040011002b.
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For many months I have been engaged in the collation of the histories of all of the recorded cases of every form of so-termed "sympathetic disease"1 that had been treated in the dispensary and indoor services of Wills Hospital in Philadelphia since its opening, a period embracing more than seventy years.

During these studies—in which I received excellent help from three of my personal assistants2—I soon realized that in spite of a vast yearly increase of the work done at the hospital and a broader and earlier recognition of the condition, there was a decided lessening in the number of cases, and a much less degree of fatality among those which had been treated than in former years. These findings seemed so important that I instantly chose the preventive phase of the disease as worthy to be the subject of this paper.

The many desultory, and at times uncertain, cases


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