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April 26, 1913


JAMA. 1913;60(17):1296. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340170024015

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The rapid and complete recovery in this case after the use of salvarsan seemed sufficiently unique to make the case worthy of record.

Patient.  —F. M., aged 34, married, laborer, was admitted to the hospital Dec. 28, 1912. The family history was of no importance. The patient was moderately alcoholic and had been drinking rather heavily just before the onset of the present illness. He had a severe syphilitic infection in 1903 for which he was treated in hospital one year and discharged as cured. There were no further symptoms until the present time.

Present Trouble.  —During December 1912, the patient had several of what he calls weak spells in which he became dizzy and confused, but did not fall or lose consciousness. Shortly after a hearty dinner, about 2 p. m. Dec. 28, 1912, without prodromes, he suddenly fell to the floor in a general convulsion lasting several minutes,

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