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October 28, 1922


Author Affiliations

Associate in Clinical Surgery (Orthopedic), University of Chicago; Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Children's Memorial Hospital; Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Home for Destitute Crippled Children CHICAGO

JAMA. 1922;79(18):1467-1475. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640180001001

Funsten,1 in reporting a single case of tabetic Charcot's spine, called attention to the rarity of this condition, stating that as late as the twentieth century it was possible to compile only fifteen cases from the literature, and that only one of these occurred in America. Shortly after the appearance of Funsten's article, we were rather surprised to have two patients with Charcot spines come into the office on the same day. This occasion brought to our attention several other cases, and it was decided that if they are such a rare condition, the following cases and the orthopedic treatment, as observed by one of us (J. R.) during almost half a century of orthopedic work, should be reported.


Case 1.  —C. W., a man, aged 71, admitted to the Presbyterian Hospital under the care of Dr. Phemister, Sept. 5, 1916, had been in the hospital