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December 8, 1888

PSEUDO-HYPERTROPHIC MUSCULAR PARALYSIS.Read before the Indiana State Medical Society, June, 1888.

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JAMA. 1888;XI(23):807-810. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400740015001c

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I have the honor to present for your inspection three persons afflicted with this rare and imperfectly known disease.

The disease was first described by Sir Charles Bell in 1830; by two Italians, Coste and Gioja in 1838; by Meryon in 1851. The disease did not, however, receive much attention until Duchenne (of Boulogne) reported his collection of thirteen cases in 1868. The same year Dr. Meredith Clymer described the disease under the title "Progressive Myo-Sclerosic Paralysis," though he had not probably at that time seen a case. Dr. Clymer seems inclined to attribute the honor of discovery and first description of the disease to Dr. Edward Meryon, whose paper "On Granular and Fatty Degeneration of the Voluntary Muscles" was read December 9, 1851, and published in the Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, Vol. xxxv, 1852.

"Dr. Duchenne (de Boulogne), scouts the idea of Dr. Meryon having first described this affection (la priorité

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