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June 18, 1887

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CLINICAL HISTORY OF SYPHILIS.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(25):676-679. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391500004002

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Abstract

(Concluded from page 652.)

The following case has but an incomplete record, but the past history and the array of symptoms presented by the patient give it some clinical interest. The diagnosis of syphilis was disputed by the patient, but seemed to be inevitable.

Case 3.—Persistent headache for months, with nocturnal exacerbations. Repeated transient attacks of hemi-paresis. Sudden blindness receding spontaneously. Paralysis of branches of the oculo-motor, and some other cerebral nerves.

History.—A. W., a laborer. æt. 32, had always been in good health, with the exception of malaria in 1878 and a short relapse in 1879. He denies syphilitic infection strenuously, but admits of having run the chances of it during his youth. He has two healthy children. He has never smoked or drank to excess. Eight months ago he was attacked by severe frontal headache lasting almost steadily, and always worse at night. About five weeks ago this

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