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JAMA. 1906;XLVI(26):1998. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510530018003c.
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Patient.  —Matthew B., aged 2, born in U. S.

Family History.  —The father, an alcoholic, emotional and excitable, died just after patient's birth, aged 52. Two years before the patient's birth, the father had a painless, non-itching eruption on his legs, thorax and abdomen, and at the same time lost most of his hair and complained of lancinating pains in his head and extremities. The mother was 35 years old when the patient was born. She has always worked hard, always drunk alcoholic stimulants and, of late years, to excess. She married at 18 years of age and has seven living children and one abortion. The second child was born at eight months, lived five hours, and died in convulsions. The fourth born, now eleven years old, is a high-grade imbecile. The abortion was probably due to syphilis.

Previous History.  —The patient, the last born child, was delivered with forceps.


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