Feb. 5, 1897, an Italian was admitted to my ward at the Philadelphia Hospital, complaining greatly of pains in the thighs and legs. Owing partly to his natural mental obtuseness, partly to his nationality, the history that could be obtained even with the aid of an interpreter, was by no means satisfactory. On this account many points in his history are vague, while some of the facts in his case could not be determined.
He gave his age as 28 years, his occupation that of a farm hand. He could give us but little information in regard to the locality in which he had last worked, but said that it was in New Jersey. After three months of enforced idleness (from lack of work) he started to work on a farm on February 1. The work being too laborious for him he left the farm, although he seems not to