Excerpt from The American Practitioner, Vol. 18: A Monthly Journal of Medicine and Surgery; July-December, 1878
The symptoms Of this disease are as numerous almost as there are organs and parts in the body whose functions can be disturbed by alterations from health in the spinal center, from which in part they derive their life and control. These disturbances will occur from above downward, as the so-called irritation may happen to be located in the cervical, dorsal, or lumbar vertebrae. I will enumerate some Of them. Beginning with the organs Of digestion, I have seen, amongst others, dysphagia from paralysis or tonic spasm Of the gullet; appa rent stricture Of the same; gastralgia, spasm Of the stomach, nausea and vomiting, and almost every variety Of dyspeptic symptoms. In the respiratory and circulatory organs I have Often met with aphonia, spasm Of the glottis, asthma, a kind Of nervous cough, singultus, and an inability to take a full inspiration; palpitation Of the heart, and bellows murmur Of the same, intermittent pulse, and feigned cardiac disease Of divers kinds and degrees. There are also pains and sensa tions, either fixed or ﬂeeting, in different parts Of the body in the neck, chest or abdomen. These symptoms will persist in Spite Of the ordinary rational treatment; or after having been relieved, will recur time and again.
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