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November 14, 1891

A CASE OF IDIOPATHIC SPINAL HÆMORRHAGE.Read before the Section of Medical Jurisprudence and Neurology, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Washington, D. C., May 6, 1891.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(20):743-744. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410980001001

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Abstract

Hæmorrhage into the spinal cord of traumatic origin, while not of very frequent occurrence, has been noted often enough to establish the fact of its occurrence beyond a doubt. But as to whether hæmorrhage into or about the cord may take place without an antecedent traumatism some writers are in doubt. However, the majority of writers do admit that idiopathic spinal apoplexy may occur, but they are all in accord in stating that the affection occurs only very rarely.

In view of these facts I trust the case I am about to relate will prove to be of some value as tending to place the existence of the disease beyond the peradventure of a doubt.

Although the case is incomplete insomuch as no post-mortem record is included, yet I believe the clinical history alone will be sufficient to establish the diagnosis.

T. K., a laborer aged 51 years, had been

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