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May 4, 1889

LETTER FROM VIENNA.

JAMA. 1889;XII(18):642-645. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400950030011

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Abstract

(FROM OUR REGULAR CORRESPONDENT.)

Nerve Stretching for Tabes Dorsalis—False Aneurism Mistaken for an Abscess—Ichthyosis Partialis—Fœtal Ascites an Obstacle to Delivery—Herpes Zoster Caused by Arsenic—Relations of Neuralgias and Psychoses—Death of Prof. Soyka, of Prague, etc.

At a recent meeting of the Vienna Medizinisches Doctoren Collegium, Prof. Moriz Benedikt, our distinguished neuro-pathologist, read a very interesting and important paper on the stretching of the nerves in tabes dorsalis. The lecturer first brought forward a patient, 40 years old, who had come under his care about three and a half years ago (on June 8, 1885). The patient, at that time, presented symptoms of tabes dorsalis to so high a degree as the lecturer had never before observed them. The patient could stand upright only when supported at both sides of her body; in this situation she could also take some steps, but her gait had a pattering (loitering) character to a high

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