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February 12, 1910

A New Treatment of Spastic Palsies

JAMA. 1910;LIV(7):551-552. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550330049013

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To the Editor:  —We wish to call to your notice some inaccurate statements contained in your editorial, Jan. 15, 1910, under the above title. These inaccuracies of statement and the unjustified conclusions in regard to the results of our procedure reflect not only on the work which has been done by us on the treatment of spastic paralyses and athetoses, but would likewise result in preventing further use of this method at the hands of others. We feel that we are justified in asking space to explain briefly what our work is and what results are being obtained.This quotation from the editorial in question, "Even injection of alcohol into isolated nerves (as suggested by Schwab) is found inadequate for the permanent relief of spasticity" is a statement which is hasty, inaccurate and not based on knowledge either of our work or of our results. You say that the method

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