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December 5, 1936


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From the Department of Internal Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School.

JAMA. 1936;107(23):1885-1886. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.92770490002010a

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The patient here studied, a girl of 19, has had wry-neck since puberty. A unique feature of her condition is that she can straighten her head at will but can maintain the position only as long as she can hold her breath. She can neither breathe nor swallow when her head is in a natural position.


History.  —The patient's parents, concerned over her noticeable habit of carrying her head to the right, a defect so pronounced as to be a deformity, had consulted a surgeon, who advised an operation to correct the defect.As a child the patient was normal. She was unusually active and her health was always good. The removal of adenoids when she was 7 years old was her only operation. Typhoid at the age of 10 was without after-effects. She menstruated at 12 and the following year she began

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