JOHN A. DILLON, M.D.; LLOYD R. EVANS, M.D.
Primary or idiopathic amyloidosis is a rare and poorly understood disease, although it was recognized as far back as 1856, when it was described by Wilks.1 In the Guy's Hospital Report of that year, Wilks brought attention to this pathologic entity, which he named "lardaceous disease." Since his time, the number of reported autopsy-proved cases has been small. It is the purpose of this paper to add three cases to the literature and to make certain clinical observations concerning them.
Recently several American authors have published case reports of primary amyloidosis. In 1936 Kerwin2 reported two cases, and in 1939
DILLON JA, EVANS LR. PRIMARY AMYLOIDOSIS; A REPORT OF THREE CASES(PRIMARY AMYLOIDOSIS; A REPORT OF THREE CASES*). Ann Intern Med. 1942;17:722–731. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-17-4-722
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