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THE WASTING DISEASES
INFANTS AND CHILDREN
EUSTACE SMITH, M.D. LOND.
MEMBER OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS
AND TO THE METROPOLITAN DISPENSARY
137, GOWER STREET
SIR WILLIAM JENNER, BART., M.D., D.C.L., F.R.S.
This Volume is Inscribed
WITH RESPECT AND GRATITUDE
BY THE AUTHOR
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.