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October 1, 1892

NOTE ON THE RELATION OF THE SYMPATHETIC TO THE CEREBRO-SPINAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.Read in the Section of Neurology and Medical Jurisprudence, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(14):398-400. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420140012001e

Stewart in opening his article on the disorders of the sympathetic nervous system, says: "Although the physiology of the sympathetic has been advanced considerably within recent years, there has not been a commensurate advance in our knowledge of its diseases. In fact, with the exception of a few important disturbances which we know to have a direct causal connection with alterations in the sympathetic, our knowledge of its diseases is very superficial and in many cases purely problematical." He then gives the following list of the chief disorders attributed to changes in the sympathetic, hemicrania, exophthalmic goitre, angina pectoris, Addison's disease, diabetes mellitus, unilateral hyperidrosis, glaucoma, neuro-retinitis, and ophthalmia neuro-paralytica. He does not mention neuralgia, neuritis or any of the common disorders to which nerves are liable, and yet neuralgia of the abdominal sympathetic is a comparatively frequent affection. Indeed, most modern writers have neglected this disease, seeming to regard