IN A RECENT issue of the Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey, Dr. Samuel A. Sandler1 has written an article entitled "Depression Masking Organic Diseases and Organic Diseases Masking Depression." In 1 of the cases in this article, he mentions the presence of the Strauss sign. I have not described this sign in a published article, although it is known and used by many of my associates. Therefore, I wish to record this sign.
It not infrequently happens that the internist, even the neurologist, has a case in which he suspects a condition of hemiparesis and yet there does not seem to him to be a sufficient loss of power in the limbs on the suspected side to warrant this diagnosis. This even occurs sometimes when the reflexes on the suspected side of the body are greater than those on the other or the abdominal skin reflexes
STRAUSS I. WEAKNESS OF EXTENSOR MUSCLES OF THE WRISTAn Early Sign in Hemiparesis. Arch NeurPsych. 1950;63(3):453–454. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310210099008