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December 16, 1905

THE TABETIC FOOT AS A FACTOR IN THE ATAXIA OF THE LOWER EXTREMITIES IN TABES DORSALIS.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Nervous and Mental Diseases Medical Department of St. Louis University.; Instructor in Orthopedics Medical Department of Washington University. ST. LOUIS.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(25):1840-1846. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510250006002
Abstract

This paper, the joint production of a neurologist and an orthopedist, attempts to bring facts toward a solution of a problem hitherto considered strictly neurologic in character, with the purpose of supplying in each case knowledge which is lacking in the other. The advantages of such a combination are obvious, and in the case of this paper, as in other instances, the different points of view have tended to solve a problem which up to this time has not been considered in all of its different phases.

THE PROBLEM.  The problem set before us was, in brief, the consideration of the factors concerned in the ataxia of the lower extremities in tabes dorsalis, apart from the usual elements which have been considered the essential ones. The theories of tabetic ataxia have been considered chiefly with the view of those who believed that the ataxia was a result of disturbances in

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