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The word chorea still stands as the name of a syndrome which we still regard as a disease. When we speak of chorea we mean the juvenile or Sydenham chorea and must use the term with a qualifying adjective if we are speaking of something else, as Huntington's chorea, hysteric chorea, etc.
The distinctive feature of the disease chorea, so far as we yet know it, is its motor phenomenon. In this last statement I would not be understood as claiming that the diagnosis of chorea is never made and can never be sustained in the absence of choreic movements. It is a fact, however, that we always seek for their confirming presence in every questionable case. In the main and in their typical appearance there is no question or confusion as to what is meant by choreic movements. Many classic descriptions of them are to be found and certain
FRY FR. SOME OF THE MOTOR PHENOMENA OF CHOREA CLINICALLY CONSIDERED. JAMA. 1908;L(18):1414–1415. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310440024002f
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