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November 26, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(22):1290-1291. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450220025002j

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The object of this paper is to report facts, leaving the consideration of their bearing upon the condition commonly known as wry-neck, for the future. The writer does not believe that disturbances of the nervous equilibrium, which in a few isolated cases are relieved by successful treatment of peripheral irritation, are to be considered as the result of that special irritation. As in epilepsy we occasionally have apparent cure, by correction of the refraction, or by some form of treatment of so-called muscular imbalance, as well as by operating for phimosis, and as the same measures have frequently been followed by the cessation of chorea, so in the following instances torticollis has recovered, after the removal of ocular conditions, apparently little more likely to have exerted a causative influence in its production. That there is nothing original in this suggestion, is shown by a remark in Vol. vii, p. 557,

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