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January 7, 1893

A CASE OF SPINA BIFIDA WITH CURIOUS DISTURBANCES OF THE SEXUAL FUNCTIONS.

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FROM CHICAGO. ASSISTANT AT THE CLINIC OF PROF. ERB. IN HEIDELBERG.

JAMA. 1893;XX(1):20-22. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420280028001i

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Abstract

Philipp Eller, twenty-six years of age, a tailor, was admitted into my ward on the 9th of July, 1891. His father had died from dropsy, there was perhaps some case of phthisis in the family, certainly no nervous taint in the ancestry. The patient has ever since the time of his birth, a slight prominence in the sacral region of the spinal column upon which hair grew ever since he can remember. It cannot be ascertained at what time he learned to walk, but he is positive that he could go to school without assistance at the age of six years. He could not, however, walk as well and as long as other boys of his age, the legs, especially the left one tiring rapidly. Later on the lower extremities, particularly below the knee, remained unproportionately thin, and the toes stood in abnormal position, all of these symptoms being more

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