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December 1944

SPONTANEOUS IMITATIVE MOVEMENTS: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

Arch NeurPsych. 1944;52(6):538-539. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1944.02290360110012

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Abstract

REPORT OF CASE  A white man aged 19 was admitted to the neuropsychiatric service of a station hospital on Feb. 20, 1943. The patient, who was right handed gave as his chief complaint a mimicking disturbance of movement in the hand opposite the one used in carrying out voluntary action. The disorder had been present from birth. A farmer and ship's fitter, he occasionally went on alcoholic sprees, but drank less than a pint (500 cc.) once or twice a month. He smoked one package of cigarets daily.

Family History.  —There was no history of familial or hereditary disease. His mother and one sister were left handed, and two other sisters were twins.

Personal History.  —The patient had an attack of appendicitis six months prior to admission. He had had chills and fever, of unknown origin (not malarial), at the age of 15 years. At 12 years of age he

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