May 16, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(20):558-559. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390950026008

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Myoidema.—The Opening of the Carnegie Laboratory of Bellevue Hospital Medical College.

One of the most interesting features of the proceedings of the Academy of Medicine at its last meeting, May 7, was the discussion on the subject of " Myoidema." The paper of the evening was by Dr. E. Darwin Hudson, Jr., Professor of General Medicine and Diseases of the Chest in the New York Polyclinic, and one of the physicians to Bellevue and St. Elizabeth's Hospitals, and treated of the physical examination of weak chests and the differential diagnosis of the several forms of early phthisis. This sign, he said, may be regarded as a product of mediate percussion. It is in no wise connected with chest acoustics, but rather pertains to the subject of the thoracic innovation and the influence of pulmonary tissue waste upon the spinal centre. It is undoubtedly a special cutaneous reflex,

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