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June 21, 1958

Neuritis, Sensory Neuritis, Neuralgia: A Clinical Study with Review of the Literature

JAMA. 1958;167(8):1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990250124023

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The late Robert Wartenberg has an established reputation as an outstanding clinician and teacher, an avid reader of the world literature of clinical neurology, a formidable critic, and a historian with tenacious devotion to the proper assignment of eponyms to signs and syndromes. These attributes are all evident in this monograph, published posthumously. The central thesis of the book is that there is a kind of neuritis which affects isolated and purely sensory nerves and which may attack different nerves over a period of many years. He describes nine cases of this type and labels the syndrome "migrant sensory neuritis." The remainder of the book is devoted to an analysis of the other major affections of peripheral nerves but relates to the central theme in an attempt to demonstrate that a general systemic disease can affect a single nerve and that either the motor or the sensory fibers in a

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