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July 21, 1951


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University of California Medical School, San Francisco, 22.

JAMA. 1951;146(12):1152. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670120062030

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To the Editor:  —Kern's article on Adie's syndrome in The Journal (Jan. 27, 1951) brings to mind the words of Martin Joseph Routh: "You will find it a very good practice always to verify your references, sir!" Kern's first two references are incorrect. The page Kern quotes for Strasburger's article, 1388, does not exist in that volume. The articles of Strasburger appeared in Neurol. Centralbl.21:738 and 1052, 1902, and those of Saenger in the same journal, 21:837 and 1137, 1902. Oddly enough, in their article, Kennedy, Wortis, Reichard, and Fair quote Strasburger's article as being on exactly the same page, 1388. Kern writes: "The association of a tonic pupil and the absence of tendon reflexes was first described independently by Saenger and Strasburger in 1902." Strasburger preceded Saenger in describing the tonic pupil, but nowhere did either author mention its association with "the absence of tendon reflexes."

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