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The following brief clinical studies of multiple neuritis embrace only those cases in which were found motor and sensory paralysis of symmetric development, but do not include that form of neuritis which affects only the muscles of the palate or of the nose, as shown by regurgitations of fluids, with nasal voice or those cases affecting only the ocular muscles.
Diphtheria is undoubtedly by far the greatest cause of multiple neuritis. Comparatively few cases are caused by the other infectious diseases. Smallpox is not infrequently a cause of the disease, but I have seen no mention made of chicken-pox giving rise to the disease. I, unfortunately, have one case to report of the production of the disease by arsenic given during the course of treatment of chorea. I have twelve cases to report, the causes of which were: arsenic administered for chorea, 1 child; diphtheria, 9 cases; varicella, 1 case,
DANIEL AS. A CLINICAL STUDY OF MULTIPLE NEURITIS IN YOUNG CHILDREN. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1207–1208. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450210008002b
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