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November 7, 1980

Gilles de la Tourette and the Jumping Syndrome

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1980;244(18):2046. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310180016014

To the Editor.—  In regard to the discussion by Joseph E. Hardison, MD (244:70, 1980), of the jumping Frenchmen of Maine, we would like to note the article by Eisenberg et al1 in which they draw attention to the possible link between these phenomena and the Gilles de la Tourette syndrome. The latter is characterized by movement disorder and coprolalia and, therefore, also presents considerable social problems.