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December 1984

Oculosympathetic Spasm With Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Author Affiliations

Spinal Cord Injury Center Rehabilitation Center Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer 52621, Israel

Arch Neurol. 1984;41(12):1237. doi:10.1001/archneur.1984.04050230015007

To the Editor.  —I have read with interest the article written by Kline et al1 on oculosympathetic spasm with cervical spinal cord injury. The authors presume that the first clinical description was made in 1944, but we should remember that the first historical description of quadriplegia with ocular problems was beautifully mentioned in The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus2:Case thirty-one: dislocation of a cervical vertebra:... if thou examinest a man having a dislocation in a vertebra of his neck, shouldst thou find him unconscious of his two arms and his two legs on account of it and urine drips from his member without his knowing it; his flesh has received wind; his two eyes are blood shot...Any injury or damage to one system affects the other system, as Hippocrates had said:And one might observe many other instances in medicine, of considerable injuries not proving serious, but

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