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December 11, 1886


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JAMA. 1886;VII(24):645-654. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250120029001

Impairment of equilibrium, accompanied by strange sensations of varying kinds and degrees, is met with as a symptom, not only of cerebral but of a great many other diseases, especially those of an exhausting and debilitating character. Besides the physiological vertigo produced by rapid rotatory movements or by a sojourn in high places, temporary pathological giddiness or dizziness is not uncommon with many persons enjoying, in other respects, good health. In fact, there is scarcely an adult but has not, at one or the other period of his life, experienced vertigo of some kind. Whereas, then, vertiginous sensations may be said to fall within the boundary lines of health, they may constitute a well-marked disease and rise to the dignity of a pathological entity, if they are severe or persistent enough to interfere with the comfort or occupation of the individual so affected.

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