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May 14, 1904


Author Affiliations

Professor of Mental and Nervous Diseases in the Chicago Clinical School; Associate Professor of Neurology in the Medical Department of the University of Illinois; Neurologist to the Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess' Home and Hospital. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(20):1267-1272. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490650001002

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At the present time there is much confusion of thought, and not a little conflict of statement, as to exactly what is meant by Landry's paralysis and as to the true nature of the disease. Landry's paralysis and acute ascending paralysis are by no means always the same, and yet the terms are used synonymously. There must be a middle ground whereon they overlap to warrant this synonymous use of the two names. A clear conception of the nature of this middle ground, from both the clinical and pathologic points of view, will not only go far toward explaining the dissimilar cases lying outside of it and on either hand, but it will help to accomplish what is of far more practical immportance, for it will afford greater unity, definiteness and coherency in the treatment of all cases. The purpose of this paper is to clear up a little, if

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