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November 21, 1885


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JAMA. 1885;V(21):566-569. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391200006001a

On account of the frequency with which syncope, shock, collapse, hysteria and other pathological conditions have been confounded in the diagnosis of the intelligent practitioner, I have considered it worth while to record a few cases of a hitherto obscure form of nervous paroxysm; with the object in view of separating it from the several diseases with which it is confounded, and of investing it with a distinct entity.

I copy the following case from the Obstetrical Journal of Great Britain and Ireland, for October, 1874:

"On Sunday morning, April 5th, I was called at 9:20 to see Mrs. C., aged 41, in labor of her tenth child. I reached the house at 9:50, and found child and placenta attached expelled. The nurse did not arrive for half an hour after I reached the house, but an intelligent servant informed me the child had been born fifteen minutes prior. I

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