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January 18, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(3):169-172. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310290005002

The subject of arteriosclerosis has received much attention of late, both in its pathologic and in its clinical aspects.

There has been a growing tendency to attribute symptoms, particularly nervous symptoms, to this condition. In a person offering almost any syndrome of symptoms referable to the nervous system, the mere presence of sclerotic arteries seems to establish the basis of the complaint without further analysis.

Nor does the tendency stop here; the fact once accepted that all varieties of nervous symptoms may be produced by sclerotic arteries, the next step is to assume, given the symptoms, that this condition must be present, even though no sign appears in those arteries which are palpable. This position is easily fortified by the knowledge that arteries may be hardened in one part of the body and not in another; but before we assume that they are so hardened it behooves us to acquire