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General Paralysis Occurring about the Period of Puberty

  • J. Wiglesworth (a1)
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We are in the habit of regarding general paralysis as in the main a disease of the prime of life—of a time when the fresh vigour of youth has subsided, but before the first touch of decay has laid its hand upon the organism; when the mental faculties are strained to the utmost in the pursuit of wealth or pleasure, or social distinction, or in the keen struggle for existence entailed upon so many of our race. We are not indeed unaccustomed to meet with cases of this disease occurring both before and after this epoch of life, but the association of general paralysis with the period of childhood and puberty has hitherto been a very unfamiliar idea. Nevertheless, scattered cases have from time to time been published which tend to show that the period of life which appears to offer most exemption from all the ordinary causes of the disease may still claim its victims, and that at, or

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Such, too, are the views of Dr. Robert Lundie, as contained in an interesting and popular article, “A New Departure in Medical Treatment,” which he has lately contributed to “Chambers's Journal,” May 6, 1893.

Pathological notes by Dr. Wynne.

I have not been able to include in this summary all the cases referred to by Mickle, as details of the cases are not given by him, and I have been unable to consult the original papers.

Dr. Percy Smith has kindly sent me notes of a case of a youth of 15, seen at Bethlem Hospital as an out-patient in 1890, with symptoms closely resembling those of general paralysis. He was admitted for a short time into St. Thomas's Hospital, but the symptoms remaining stationary he was taken away, and the case has been lost sight of. As Dr. Percy Smith did not see the case again, he is unable to speak decidedly as to the diagnosis.

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General Paralysis Occurring about the Period of Puberty

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