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April 2, 1898

THE PARALYSES, BY ONE OF THE MANY PARALYTICS.

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO, ILL.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(14):765-766. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440660013001a

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Abstract

To have studied paralysis from clinical phenomena observed in one's own body, and to have closely watched its varied and variable phases from a subjective point of view, is to have learned well a story which too few survive to relate.

To have suffered a grave lesion of a part of one hemisphere of the central ganglion, and yet to have been fully conscious of it all, and able to interpret the nerve disturbance and mental perturbation resulting therefrom, and to have been capable, conversely, of locating the lesion from the distal nerve phenomena, is to have enjoyed a rare privilege that none would seek, and to have passed an ordeal through which few pass and survive. Surviving, they seldom possess sufficient force and energy to attempt a formulated portrayal and deductive story of the ailment suffered.

The consensus of medical opinion is to the effect that to the subject

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