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June 16, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(24):758-760. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400500026009

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Diphtheritic Paralysis—Increase of Diphtheria in New York—Commencement of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

At the last meeting of the Neurological Section of the Academy of Medicine, Dr. W. H. Thomson read an able paper on the Clinical History, Pathology, and Etiology of Diphtheritic Paralysis. In it he expressed the opinion that all the acute febrile diseases are accompanied by a post-latent stage, and that in diphtheria this post-latent stage is characterized by the paralytic trouble so frequently met with after an acute attack of this affection. Such paralysis he believed to be an essential part of the disease, due, in all probability, however, not to the disease itself, but to the presence in the system of certain resulting ptomaines. He thought, also, that some of the cases of diphtheritic paralysis were of peripheral, and some of central, origin.

In discussing the paper Dr. A. Jacobi

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