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September 1946


Author Affiliations

San Francisco. University Hospital (22).

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;56(3):327. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300200084005

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To the Editor.  —In the discussion on the article entitled "Camptocormia: A Functional Condition of the Back in Neurotic Soldiers," by Lieut. Col. S. A. Sandier, an abstract of which was published in the February 1946 issue of the Archives, page 158, it is stated (column 2, line 5 of the discussion):"... As is generally known, the term camptocormia was coined by Babinski after the last war; he was fond of Greek derivations. In the same volume in which he described camptocormia, he described pithiatism—his term for suggestion neurosis. He is also responsible for the term adiadokokinesis."It is true that Babinski was fond of Greek derivations and introduced the term adiadokokinesis, but he did not coin the term camptocormia. Without using this special term, A. Souques described this syndrome in soldiers at a meeting of the Société de Neurologie de Paris, Feb. 18, 1915, under the title: "Contractures ou

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