Excerpt from The Glasgow Medical Journal, Vol. 45: January to June, 1896
On admission there was complete loss of power in the legs and right arm, and to a less marked degree in the left arm. There was possibly, also, some weakness of the facial muscles. Sensation to touch was abolished below the level of the feeling of constriction, and it was greatly impaired in the arms, particularly in the right. Severe pain was complained of over the spine between the shoulders, and headache also was very troublesome. No diaphragmatic movement could be seen, the respiration being carried on very feebly. Deep inspiration was very limited, the xiphoid movement not being greater than about a quarter of an inch. There was no motion of the bowels, and the urine, which was passed in bed, gave a very faint sugar reaction. The breath had a very foul odour, but the temperature and the condition of the lungs and heart were quite normal. He died from loss of respiratory power, the heart acting well and strongly up to the last.
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