Pregnancy rarely occurs in the tabetic for several reasons: (1) because tabes occurs about ten times more frequently in men than women; (2) because decrease in sexual desire and power may be an early symptom of tabes, and (3) because a majority of the cases occur between the thirtieth and fortieth years of life, when the frequency of pregnancy is waning. Classic texts on obstetrics scarcely refer to the coincidence of tabes with pregnancy and labor. Grenier de Cardenal1 in 1902 found only fifteen cases in the literature, and Jacub2 says that only eight cases occur in the German literature up to that date. No one has reported any series of cases, for obvious reasons.
Fruhinsholz and Remy report a case in which the diagnosis of tabes had not been made before the occurrence of labor. The woman was a quadripara, aged 36. During pregnancy she had gastric