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September 18, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VII(12):320-321. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250090068002

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The paralysis of certain muscles supplied by branches from a nerve, while muscles innervated from the same source are perfectly active, has not unfrequently been noted. A case of this nature has recently come under my observation which is thought worthy of reporting.

Eliza Grant, colored, aged about 30, applied at my dispensary for treatment of the right eye on April 17, 1886. Her history was as follows: About five years since she was confined without trouble. Two months later she was suddenly taken sick, had intense pain in head and was unconscious for a month. Upon regaining consciousness the right eye could not be opened. It was fully four months before the lid regained its power, and then very gradually. Electricity was applied a few times by a physician, but a month or more elapsed after its last application before any improvement took place. Since then she has been

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