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September 1967


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Of Pomeroy, Ohio; Essay read before the Meigs and Mason Academy of Medicine at Middleport, Ohio, February 15, 1872

Arch Neurol. 1967;17(3):332-333. doi:10.1001/archneur.1967.00470270110014

And now I wish to draw your attention more particularly to a form of the disease which exists, so far as I know, almost exclusively on the east end of Long Island. It is peculiar in itself and seems to obey certain fixed laws. In the first place, let me remark that chorea, as it is commonly known to the profession, and a description of which I have already given, is of exceedingly rare occurrence there. I do not remember a single instance occurring in my father's practice, and I have often heard him say that it was a rare disease and seldom met with by him.

The hereditary chorea, as I shall call it, is confined to certain and fortunately a few families, and has been transmitted to them, an heirloom from generations away back in the dim past. It is spoken of by those in whose

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