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March 12, 1887

THE SYMPTOMS AND DIAGNOSIS OF MULTIPLE NEURITIS; WITH REPORTS OF CASES.Based on a Clinical Lecture Delivered at the New York Post Graduate Medical School, January 18, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(11):281-285. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391360001001

A very good description of multiple neuritis was given by Leyden in 1881, again by Piersson in 1883, and by Strümpell in his "Text-book on Medicine." Dr. X. Francotti, in 1886, described it well; so also did Dr. Buzzard in the Harveian Lectures for 1885. Dr. Gowers gives a very complete account of the disease in his recently published text-book on nervous diseases. Dr. M. Allen Starr will no doubt cover the whole ground in the most thorough manner in the Middleton Goldsmith Lectures on this subject, now forthcoming.

I venture to give here some notes on the history of this new development in neuro-pathology, since it has made such a change in some of the conceptions of paralytic disorders. Dumenil, in 1864, reported a case running a course of four and one half months, and having the type of the subacute spinal paralysis of Duchenne. The autopsy showed diffuse