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July 21, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(3):165-166. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460290035007

In the records of quacks, as well as in the minds of neurologists at large, there is a wide margin devoted to the uncertainties of the diagnosis of locomotor ataxia. Many of the former class wax wealthy on the reputations, honestly acquired, of a single case, pronounced locomotor ataxia by the ablest nervous experts, and many patients pursue the phantom of beef and hot water which has been incident to the getting well of certain cases pronounced incurable by the specialist. The neurologist is sometimes treated to the shock of finding such a cure in one of his formerly classified incurable cases, and immediately goes over his notes to find out where he made his blunder. In the light of our present knowledge there would seem to be no doubt—and this is recognized in our text-books—that there exists a form of neuritis, often of alcoholic origin, which gives rise to