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May 8, 1897

HEREDITARY ATAXIA—FRIEDREICH'S DISEASE.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF MENTAL AND NERVOUS DISEASES WOMAN'S MEDICAL SCHOOL, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY; PROFESSOR OF MENTAL DISEASES AND THERAPEUTICS IN RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE, ETC. [Reported by Cunera R. Scheffer, M.D., Clinical Assistant.]

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(19):871-872. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440190009002a

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Abstract

We have before us today, as patients, three members of the same family. In the antecedent history, we can neither see any positive evidence nor gain any information as to venereal disease or alcoholism, two of the most prolific causes of lesions in the nervous system; but we do find a striking record of pulmonary tuberculosis. On the maternal side, two aunts and two uncles, as well as the grandmother, died of this disease. The mother, a French-Canadian, is living and in good health. She is small in stature. On the paternal side there is a history of health and longevity, but we are told that the children were "scrofu- scrofulous." The father, of the same nationality as his wife, died somewhat over a year ago, of organic heart trouble. So far as our uncertain knowledge can testify, the cousins have had no diseases other than those common to childhood.

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