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January 4, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(1):21-22. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410010033004

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A little over a year ago Charcot made his first trial of suspension in the treatment of locomotor ataxia, the idea being given him by Dr. Raymond, of the Paris Faculty, who brought it back from a trip into Russia. In January, 1889, he published his observations (Prog. Méd.), and today all over the world this proceeding is being employed on thousands of cases of the most widely varying nature, and often in the most hap-hazard and even reckless manner. Motchoukowsky, Physician to the Odessa Hospital, who accidentally hit upon this plan of treatment through observing amelioration of subjective symptoms in a tabetic suspended with the Sayre apparatus for the application of orthopædic appliances, published in 1883 (Vratsch) seventeen cases so treated with favorable results in twelve, and made moderate claims for the value of the method. It became generally known, however, only a few months ago when the endorsement

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