Francis L. Counselman

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Rhabdomyolysis was first described in the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament. During the flight from Egypt, a number of Israelites experienced symptoms of rhabdomyolysis after eating hemlock-seed-fed quail.1 In the early 1900s, the clinical syndrome of muscle pain, weakness, and dark urine became known as Meyer-Betz disease.2 In the 1940s, Bywaters and Beall described acute renal failure as a complication of rhabdomyolysis observed in Londoners suffering from crush injuries during the German blitz.3 Today, we realize rhabdomyolysis is a complication of a variety of disease processes and injury.

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