Tetany has been recognized as a clinical entity since the classical description by Clarke in 1815. It appears with great frequency in the older literature but has become of progressively less importance as a distinct symptom complex during the past thirty years. It has been reported in epidemic form in both Europe and America; when it appeared to have a seasonal occurrence particularly in March and April and affected young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five, seldom appearing in women.
Like many syndromes of the past, the etiology of which was not understood, it was classified as a
MEAKINS J. Tetany1. Ann Intern Med. 1930;4:462–466. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-4-5-462
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;4(5):462-466.
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