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March 12, 1910

Wanted: Relief or Cure for Progressive Muscular Atrophy

JAMA. 1910;LIV(11):892. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550370062014

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To the Editor:  —A man of means has a member of his family afflicted with progressive muscular atrophy, the diagnosis having been established with certainty after consultation with some of the highest neurologic authorities of New York City and various cities of Europe. These physicians are unanimously of the opinion that the case is incurable, inasmuch as, up to the present, there has been published no form of treatment or medication which is positively known to have cured or arrested the inroads of this malady.This man wishes to spare no effort to bring relief. He believes that perhaps, somewhere, some physician may have successfully hit on some method of curing a patient with progressive muscular atrophy, but through his inability to corroborate his results, owing to rarity of cases or through modesty, or for fear of being discredited, has failed to publish a report of his case. This man's

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