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January 16, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(3):246-247. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730290062023

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A Peculiar Type of Polyneuritis  Dr. Ter Braak contributes an article to the Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde giving his observations in ten cases of polyneuritis that developed in Amsterdam, in women, during the space of three months, and characterized by: (1) predilection for the groups of muscles of the extremities and well delimited; (2) symmetry of the phenomena; (3) absence of objective disorders of sensibility, and (4) abolition of the Achilles reflex and persistence of the patellar reflex. In nine cases it was established with certainty that the women had, from ten to twenty days before the onset of the disease, made use of the same or of a similar means of inducing abortion. Every other cause appeared to be excluded. A similarity between this group of cases, clinically homogenous and of a special type, with other epidemic cases described in the fore part of 1930 in the United States

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