CONLEY H. SANFORD, M.D., F.A.C.P.; P. T. CRAWFORD, M.D.; OTIS S. WARR JR., M.D.
Coma as the presenting manifestation of disease is a challenge to the diagnostic and therapeutic skill of the physician. This is true not only because coma is often of serious omen but also because an informant is frequently not present and little or nothing can be learned of the history of the illness. The physician must depend in many instances, therefore, on objective findings alone.
The records of all patients admitted in coma to the John Gaston Hospital during the past five years have been reviewed. Of 73,782 admissions, 1,021 were comatose, an incidence of 1.4 per cent.
SANFORD CH, CRAWFORD PT, WARR OS. MALARIAL COMA1. Ann Intern Med. ;14:72–77. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-1-72
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;14(1):72-77.
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