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SOME UNCOMMON FORMS OF MULTIPLE NEURITISINCLUDING FOUR CASES OF PUERPERAL ORIGIN.

WHARTON SINKLER, M.D.
JAMA. 1905;XLIV(8):598-603. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500350008001b.
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It is only within a comparatively few years that multiple neuritis has been recognized as a disease. Twenty-five or thirty years ago it was an open question whether even diphtheria and lead palsy were due to a muscular affection or to disease of the nerves. As recently as 1879 Bristowe, in his Practice of Medicine, remarks, in connection with the pathology of lead poisoning: "But as regards the paralysis of the voluntary muscles, there is no doubt that Ducheane is right in regarding it as a consequence of nervous disorder. For if it were muscular not only should we find the muscular fibers degenerated in proportion to their loss of power, but we should find faradic contractility surviving as long as any healthy muscle was left. On the other hand, the rapid shrinking of the muscles, without degeneration, and their speedy loss of faradic contractility, obviously point

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