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September 22, 1900


Author Affiliations

Neurologist to the Philadelphia Hospital. PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(12):733-735. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620380011002b

The text for my present paper is the following case:

J. C., a colored woman, aged 53 years, in good health, without any personal history of alcoholism or syphilis, fell in the dark down a flight of stairs. She could not tell how she struck, or where she was injured, but she was immediately paralyzed in her arms, body and legs. There was no loss of consciousness. The accident occurred on April 9, 1899, and the patient was taken to a large general hospital, from which she was discharged unimproved in a few days for lack of accommodation. There was no history of her condition during these few days except that she was paralyzed as above mentioned. On April 14—five days after the accident—she was admitted into my wards at the Philadelphia Hospital.

On admission her condition was as follows:

Motion.  —There was complete paralysis in all the extremities. Power