February 1, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(5):149-165. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410050005002

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THE TREATMENT OF LOCOMOTOR ATAXIA BY SUSPENSION, ETC.  A Clinical Lecture Delivered at the City Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., December 21, 1889.BY ALEXANDER B. SHAW, M.D.PROFESSOR OF DISEASES OF THE MIND AND NERVOUS SYSTEM BEAUMONT MEDICAL COLLEGE.[Reported for The Journal.]Now, gentlemen, we come to the consideration of the treatment of tabes dorsalis, posterior spinal sclerosis, or locomotor ataxia, as you may be pleased to term it. For this man, who is suffering from that advanced form of the disease known as "Charcot's disease," of course we can do nothing but make the remainder of his days as comfortable as possible; but if the patient be seen during the early stages of the disease, when the lancinating pains are the most prominent symptoms, great benefit will frequently follow the administration of the fluid extract of ergot in doses of from 30 to 60 minims three times a

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