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
DANA CL. 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
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