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To the Editor:—
The article entitled "Vascular Accidents of the Brain Stem Associated with Neck Manipulation" by Green and Joynt, in The Journal, May 30, 1959, page 522, brought back to my mind a comparable series of three patients, all in the same family, who were "treated" by the same chiropractor. Oddly enough, one patient, a 24-year-old woman, certainly had an onset of multiple sclerosis, and the chiropractor was consulted because of numbness of an upper extremity. After the initial manipulation by the chiropractor there was a complete paralysis of the entire extremity, dizziness, vomiting, slurred speech, and visual disturbances. Three weeks prior to this, the mother of the patient was manipulated by the same chiropractor, who "adjusted the neck vertebrae," with a resulting paralysis of both upper extremities and a similar group of symptoms. Two months after the daughter recovered the father of the patient was manipulated by the
Boshes LD. VASCULAR ACCIDENTS ASSOCIATED WITH NECK MANIPULATION. JAMA. 1959;171(11):1602. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1959.03010290160027
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