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May 6, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(18):1450. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500450038004

Paretic dementia, or as it is more commonly called, paresis, is usually considered one of the opprobria of the medical profession, a disease which it is beyond the power of the physician to cure. It is true that now and then a recovery is reported, but the account is almost invariably received with skepticism and reports of such cases are hardly considered creditable to the physician making them. All the possibilities of error, faulty diagnosis, lack of continued observation, and mistaking of remission for recovery, are brought forward and one or the other ascribed as the true fact in the case.

In this issue of The Journal,1 however, one of our distinguished neurologists, whose opportunities for observation can not well be questioned, comes forward with what is to him convincing evidence that paresis in its very earliest stages is a disorder that can be arrested or cured. His cases