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ON

THE WASTING DISEASES

OF

INFANTS AND CHILDREN

BY

EUSTACE SMITH, M.D. LOND.

MEMBER OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS
PHYSICIAN-EXTRAORDINARY TO HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF THE BELGIANS
PHYSICIAN TO THE NORTH-WEST LONDON FREE DISPENSARY FOR SICK CHILDREN

AND TO THE METROPOLITAN DISPENSARY

CABOS

LONDON

JAMES WALTON
BOOKSELLER AND PUBLISHER TO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

137, GOWER STREET

1868.

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LONDON : BRADBURY, EVANS, AND CO., PRINTERS, WHITEFRIARS.

то

SIR WILLIAM JENNER, BART., M.D., D.C.L., F.R.S.

This Volume is Inscribed

WITH RESPECT AND GRATITUDE

BY THE AUTHOR

PREFACE.

THE extensive use of such terms as “marasmus," “ tabes," "atrophy,” as denoting vaguely some slow disease fatal to children, affords a strong presumption that diseases of which wasting is a prominent symptom, are but little understood; and that much loss of life is due to insufficient knowledge of their nature.

The Author had not long begun the study of children's diseases before he found that even the best systematic treatises dealt but imperfectly with the clinical condition of chronic wasting, and did not consider together-in the way required for every-day use in practice—the various disorders to which it may be due.

He was, accordingly, induced to devote considerable attention to this subject, with the view of forming some practical classification, by means of which the diseases giving rise to this slow wasting might be more readily recognised and controlled.

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