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January 12, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(2):104-109. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220280016001c

Cases of Landry's paralysis are so unusual and in the past have been so indifferently reported that the recent occurrence of three cases in our practice, of one case kindly reported to us by Dr. H. W. Kirby, Georgetown, Colo., and of a fifth case by Dr. C. F. Wolfer, Louisville, Colo., leads us to report them, with a review of the literature for the past year.

There seems to be no general agreement as to just what cases should be included under the term acute ascending paralysis. In the literature we have found a number of cases reported under this head that were obviously myelitis, poliomyelitis, or multiple neuritis.

In our report we shall consider as typical only those cases characterized by acute onset, motor paralysis, ascending in character, without material involvement of sensation, and with loss of the deep and superficial reflexes, with or without involvement of the

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