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October 17, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVII(16):837-840. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430940007001b

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In discussing the subject of chorea I am well aware that it may, at first thought, seem a dry subject to you. But in bringing up this subject it is that I may awaken new life, and bring forth new ideas, and thereby get a more tangible and satisfactory understanding of the etiology and pathology of this very troublesome disease. Troublesome, not alone to the patient and friends, but troublesome as well to the physician, on account of the tenacity with which it holds to its victim. No disease causes more anxiety than this disease, chorea, for it is often hard to convince an anxious mother, when her child is never still on account of the violent nervous movements and excessive agitations, that it is not very ill, and that you do not expect a serious outcome.

To launch out in a new channel may cause you to exclaim, mentally,

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