The study of the blood flow in the hands and feet is of special interest in diseases of the nervous system, in which the extremities are so often involved. The skeletal reflexes are so frequently affected that it seemed of some consequence to explore also the vasomotor reflexes by the method described in previous papers.1 A preliminary account of some of the work was given in a Harvey Lecture.2 The material available of course allowed a more complete study of some conditions than of others. Also, in a first survey, those conditions were naturally selected in which changes in the blood flow or in the vascular reflexes seemed most likely to be detected, and if detected to be capable of being most clearly related to the symptoms and morbid anatomy of the diseased states. Such conditions as affected only one side (hemiplegia, unilateral peripheral neuritis) were obviously of
STEWART GN. STUDIES ON THE CIRCULATION IN MAN: XIII. THE BLOOD FLOW IN THE HANDS AND FEET IN CERTAIN DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1915;XVI(2):270–311. doi:10.1001/archinte.1915.00080020124008
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