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June 17, 1905


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JAMA. 1905;XLIV(24):1924. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500510032001h

Dr. Leonard J. Kidd recently discussed the mode of turning in walking of organic hémiplégies and spastic paraplegics and referred to a paper by von Schüller in which the latter says that an organic hémiplégie cannot walk toward the sound side, as he must drag the paralyzed leg after him. It is also pointed out that the functional hémiplégie does not walk toward the palsied side but only to Avard the sound side, and Kidd concludes that the direction in which the hémiplégie turns is of equal diagnostic value, and that this test causes less inconvenience to the patient. To prove the correctness of this opinion, he examined hemiplegias and spastic paraplegics who were more spastic on one side or the other, and found that fully 99 per cent. spontaneously turned to the spastic or more spastic side. From this he draws the following conclusions: