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December 16, 1916


Author Affiliations

In Charge, Voice Clinic, Boston State Hospital, Psychopathic Department; Assistant in the Laryngological Department, Massachusetts General Hospital, Special Clinic for Speech Disorder BOSTON

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(25):1834-1835. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590250036012

An Italian author1 states that in paralysis agitans "no treatment is of any avail," and "there is no authentic case of recovery." A severely distressing malady, of acknowledged incurable nature, and until now of absolutely untreatable form, deserves a few minutes' consideration when even only slight and temporary relief from suffering has been brought to the patient.

The clinical details of the case that determine the diagnosis run as follows:

History.  —(M. R.—P. H. No. 3040).—Woman, aged 52, married, German, housewife, first came to the Psychopathic Hospital, June 29, 1915, complaining that the hands trembled, the feet dragged, and the body felt constantly heavy. The trouble began in 1909, when her left arm commenced to tremble. This continued from July to October, and then disappeared. February 2 it began again, and had gradually increased since. The left arm had also grown gradually weaker and stiffer, and its use now

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