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February 2, 1907

Tabes Dorsalis, The Lumleian Lectures, Delivered before the Royal College of Physicians, London, March, 1906.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(5):445. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520310069024

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This little memoir treats only of certain features in tabes, and lacks any lengthy consideration of the practical matter of treatment so that it can hardly be called monographic. As far as it attempts to go however, it is one of the clearest and best statements of what we know of this much written about, but still far from completely understood, disorder. In the opening lecture a sketch of the history and changing viewsof its pathology is given; in the second its etiology is thoroughly discussed, and in the third the more striking symptoms, the ataxia and the pupillary manifestations which have been the subjects of recent research, are taken up. Dr. Ferrier is unqualifiedly an advocate of the specific origin of tabes, or we might perhaps better state, of the necessary antecedents of syphilis in this disorder. He admits, of course, certain difficulties in the hypothesis, for that is

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