GUSTAVUS A. PETERS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Porphyria, although an uncommon disease, has been well described by such investigators as Günther,1 Mason, Courville and Ziskind,2 Watson,3-5 Turner,6 Waldenström,7, 8 Dobriner and Rhodes,9 Nesbitt10 and Watkins,11 and Welcker.12 Oddly enough few medical textbooks discuss this interesting metabolic disease adequately or at all. However, as more cases are being reported the disease is becoming more generally known. Its early recognition would prevent unnecessary operative procedures and administration of contraindicated drugs, as well as lessen confusion with certain neuropsychiatric disorders.
There are two main types of porphyria, acute and congenital. They are considered to be due to an inborn error
PETERS GA. ACUTE PORPHYRIA: REPORT OF TWO CASES WITH ELECTRICAL STUDIES IN ONE1. Ann Intern Med. ;30:1237–1248. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-30-6-1237
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;30(6):1237-1248.
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