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April 1, 1939


Author Affiliations

El Paso, Texas Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Corps, United States Army

From the Neuropsychiatric Section, Medical Service, William Beaumont General Hospital.

JAMA. 1939;112(13):1248. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.62800130004010b

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Spontaneous generalized tetany and a rectal temperature of 106.4 F. in a case of neurosyphilis, followed by marked clinical improvement, are believed to be sufficiently unusual to merit recording.

REPORT OF CASE  A woman of 31, without known syphilitic history, whose mother was said to have committed suicide while insane, had been previously married from 1923 to 1929 and had one pregnancy, giving birth to a daughter, who was 13 at the time of examination and in apparent good health. The patient had been married to her second husband since 1929, with no pregnancies.On the day of admission she got up at 5: 30 a. m., cooked breakfast and did housework in her usual manner but was observed to be out of contact with her surroundings at 7: 30 a. m. She did not know the time or place, did not recognize any one and talked incoherently. At 8

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