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July 1934


Author Affiliations

Brooklyn Associate Attending Physicians, Jewish Hospital

From the medical service of Dr. Meyer A. Rabinowitz, Jewish Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1934;32(1):184-188. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250070190011

Morgagni is credited with the first description of a case apparently resembling lipodystrophy. The first comprehensive clinical description of the condition in the American literature was recorded, in 1885, by S. Weir Mitchell.1 It is regrettable that in the literature only occasional mention appears of his excellent description of a "case of absence of adipose matter in the upper half of the body."

In the past few years cases of lipodystrophy with superimposed clinical features have been reported, and we believe that cases exhibiting many additional interesting phenomena should be placed on record so that an analysis of these protean manifestations may lead one to a true interpretation of the disease.

The subject has been adequately reviewed by several writers, so that reiteration is not necessary. However, as we critically perused the cases reported to date, we were impressed with the contrast between the manifestations found in adults and

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