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April 2, 1887

A CASE OF EMBOLISM OF THE LEFT VERTEBRAL ARTERY, WITH AUTOPSY.Read before the Section for Clinical Medicine, Pathology and Hygiene, of the Suffolk District Medical Society, February 9th, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(14):374-375. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391390010001d

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G. W., aged 62, came to the Carney Hospital on December 31, 1885, with the following history: His grandfather, father, two brothers and one sister had died of what he called "softening of the brain," and the account given of the disease, rendered it probable that they had had general paresis. In other respects the family history was negative. The patient considered himself well until three years ago, though he had for years been very corpulent, weighing at one time 250 pounds. In the fall of 1882, he fell and injured his knee, but attached no importance to the injury, though it obliged him to limp about for a time. Soon after he began to have trouble with his eyes and was operated on for cataract at the eye and ear infirmary, where he learned incidentally that he had fractured the patella of the left knee. For the last three

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