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December 1919


Arch NeurPsych. 1919;2(6):621-627. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1919.02180120019002

During the spring and summer of 1917, and to a lesser degree in 1918, I was privileged by circumstances in France to see a considerable number of cases having many of the easily recognizable symptoms of acute polyneuritis, that presented unmistakable evidences of involvement of the spinal roots and of the central nervous system as well.

Detailed reports of some of these, together with the necropsy material of two fatal cases that had been clinically carefully examined, I gave to Sir John Rose Bradford who collaborated with Captain Bashford and Captain Wilson in examining them along with other material arriving subsequently from other areas.

The brilliant results of these joint investigations have recently arrived in this country1 and make it unnecessary to put before you an extended succession of clinical descriptions of this disease.

Sufficient stress, however, has not been laid on the clinical manifestations in these cases of the