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August 31, 1907

Hemiplegia as a Complication in Typhoid Fever.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(9):788-789. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530090064017

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Pittsburg, Pa., Aug. 17, 1907.

To the Editor:  —On two or more occasions I examined the literature to ascertain the frequency of hemiplegia as a complication of typhoid fever, and I was able to find very few references to it. Some text-books failed to mention the subject, and in none can one find it adequately treated. The accounts by Osler and Nothnagel were the fullest found. Therefore, the article on this subject by Dr. Frank Smithies, Ann Arbor, in The Journal, August 3, impresses me as a very valuable one. After considerable search through the literature, Dr. Smithies was able to collect forty-three cases. In his text-book Dr. Osler refers to Hawkins' collection of seventeen cases as the largest number with which he is familiar. The value of Dr. Smithies' paper thus becomes apparent.The writings of Nothnagel, Osler and Hawkins, and this recent paper by Smithies indicate that hemiplegia

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