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March 18, 1893

MORVAN'S DISEASE A VARIETY OF LEPROSY.

JAMA. 1893;XX(11):314. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420380026005

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Abstract

In 1883 Dr. Morvan, a physician practising at Lannilis, in Brittany, published ( Gazette hebd. de mèd. et de chirurgie, August 31, 1883) a paper describing a number of cases of a singular and theretofore undescribed disease, to which he gave the name of analgesic panaritium, or pareso-analgesia, of the superior extremities. The symptoms are initiated by a weakness of the muscles, and sometimes by a pain in the forearm, that is succeeded by a swelling of the member, with the formation of deep palmar fissures and felons, usually painless, with phalangeal necrosis. It was for the latter condition that the physician was consulted, and at that period there was usually paresis of the muscles of the affected region that was afterward followed by atrophy of the thenar, hypothenar, and interosseous muscles. While faradization would produce energetic contractions in the muscles of the forearm, no reaction would be obtained in the

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