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October 7, 1939

DISTURBANCES OF THE PENDULAR MOVEMENT OF THE ARM IN WALKING

JAMA. 1939;113(15):1430-1431. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800400058023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  A short time ago Robert Wartenberg (A Cerebellar Sign, The Journal, April 15, p. 1454) reported his observations on the decrease or cessation of the armswinging movement in walking in cases of homolateral disease of one of the cerebellar hemispheres. After considering similar observations by Holmes, Thomas, Marburg, Dusser de Barenne and others, Wartenberg designated this phenomenon as "cerebellar sign" and concluded his discussion by saying that "it would be of interest to study the swinging movement of the arm in unilateral frontal disease." I had occasion to observe this phenomenon in two cases of unilateral injury of the frontal brain:

  1. A man aged 42 was wounded in the left side of the forehead by a shell splinter in 1916. Examination in 1932 revealed in the middle of the left side of the forehead a scar with a bone defect covering the middle of the first

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