This very unique and rare affection has been recognized by various European and a few American observers. Dr. E. W. Taylor1 of Boston, in a very extensive and carefully written article on this subject, gives, in chronological order, a complete bibliography of all the cases that had been previously reported in detail. Some of the cases reported in this summary do not have the characteristic features of family periodic paralysis, e. g., Caveré, in 1853, described a case of general paralysis of the lower extremities. Both were quotidian in type and relieved by the administration of quinin. In 1882 V. P. Gibney reported the case of a child of 7, who after an attack of malaria suffered from paralysis of the four extremities. Recovery was slow. There is almost no similarity between these cases and those of typical periodic paralysis.
The first death was alluded to by Schaehnowitsch in
HOLTZAPPLE GE. PERIODIC PARALYSIS. JAMA. 1905;XLV(17):1224–1231. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510170016001c
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