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May 24, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(21):1369-1370. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480210027002

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F. O. B., male, aged 31, single, with no particular occupation, but having worked in a wood planing-mill in Massachusetts, entered the New Hampshire State Hospital, Concord, N. H., Oct. 9, 1901. He had not been well for four weeks. In the history of the case it was intimated that he had been a little odd since childhood—not quite as adept a scholar as some of his chums. His family medical attendant said the only severe illness that the patient had ever had was enteric fever, 15 years ago, from which he made a perfect recovery.

Physical examination showed height, 5 ft. 6% in.; weight 122 pounds; poorly nourished; pulse 68; tongue slightly coated; complexion pale; pupils somewhat dilated, but equally, reflexes normal. There was a peculiar dragging to left leg on walking, which was said to be congenital. It is said that his mother, while pregnant, was frightened by

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