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September 14, 1912


Author Affiliations

Second Assistant Physician, Central Islip State Hospital CENTRAL ISLIP, N. Y.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(11):862-864. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090106011

My desire is to draw attention to the occurrence of general paralysis in women and to present the results in one of the New York state hospitals from that standpoint.

For years it has been stated that this disease was much more common in men, the ratio being variously given as from 1 to 4 to 1 to 7, and the percentage from 3 to 6. It is our contention that general paralysis is nearly, if not quite, as common in women as in men, especially in the city, and I shall endeavor to point out how and why we arrived at this radical view. Most of the work has been done in the past three years, but the conclusions are drawn from a period of four years, during which time 2,800 women have been admitted and 639 lumbar punctures done.

If we go back over the annual reports of