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February 7, 1903


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JAMA. 1903;XL(6):379-380. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490060033002f

That vertigo or dizziness develops in the course of malaria has been recognized occasionally, but the fact that this symptom may become so markedly accentuated as almost to claim for itself a distinct place in the nomenclature of disease, has been noticed by very few of our recent medical writers. Inasmuch as a number of such cases have occurred in my experience, it seems fit that I should briefly call attention to this important subject.

Malarial vertigo has been described by Triantaphyllides,1 who states that vertigo may be intermittent or permanent, or merely a condition of dizziness, or it may be associated with other neuroses, but in a number of cases which he relates the vertigo could be attributed only to the malaria. There was no anemia, neurasthenia, dyspepsia, or any other manifestation of malaria, and the vertigo could be cured at once by hypodermic injection of large doses of quinin for four or five days.

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