The Nervous System and Its Diseases

The Nervous System and Its Diseases

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...of these diseases to postpone positive diagnosis. Among the most difficult cases are those in which diffuse sclerosis of the cerebellum has occurred; but such cases are rare. The ocular, sensory, ataxic, paretic, tendon, and muscle phenomena must all be carefully studied and properly referred. Insanity. The diagnosis of brain tumor from some of the forms of insanity, such as paretic dementia, mania, and melancholia, may now and then present difficulties. The history of the onset and progress of the case, and the development of the more or less typical psychical and mental symptoms of paretic dementia, will be most helpful in differentiating this affection. Pierce Clark has reported two cases of tumors of the brain--one of multiple gummata and the other of multiple sarcomata--in which the diagnosis of dementia paralytica had been made, and the writer and his colleagues of the Neurological Staff of the Philadelphia Hospital have in a number of instances been confronted by cases presenting the same problem of diagnosis. The subject will receive fuller consideration when general paralysis of the insane and so-called syphilitic pseudoparesis are discussed. Usually delusions of grandeur are absent in these cases, but what adds to the difficulty is the fact that in some cases of true paralytic dementia the patient is depressed, or does not present mental exaltation. In a few cases of brain tumor the patients have outbursts of acute mania or frenzy, but in true mania the general and focal symptoms of tumor are nearly always absent, although, according to Lautenbach, optic neuritis occurs in a high percentage of cases. The delusions of melancholies may lead them to believe almost anything with reference to themselves: they insist at times that they more

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  • Paperback | 454 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 803g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236649788
  • 9781236649782