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September 8, 1917

ACUTE ASCENDING TOXIC (OR DEGENERATIVE) MYELITISREPORT OF A CASE WITH NECROPSY FINDINGS

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(10):816. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590370052019

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Abstract

This is an extremely rare disease, and there are only a few cases on record. In some cases the exact nature of the condition has probably been overlooked, and they have gone on record by the name of the similar and somewhat more common disease known as Landry's paralysis. But the clinical picture, and to a certain degree also the histologic findings, in these two allied conditions are so different and distinct, that there should be no difficulty in classifying them as two entirely separate diseases.

REPORT OF CASE 

History.  —L. W., a man, aged 31, white, born in the United States, a bricklayer, was admitted, May 3, 1917, to Dr. C. E. S. Webster's service. The patient was well developed physically and well nourished. He had never been sick before, except for measles in early childhood. The family history was negative. He drank and smoked moderately. There was no

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