Excerpt from Regeneration of Medullated Nerves in the Absence of Embryonic Nerve Fibers, Following Experimental Non-Traumatic Degeneration: A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of the Ogden Graduate School of Science in Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Anatomy
A typical case of a fowl which has become unable to walk after a diet Of polished rice is found in that Of no. 54: whose history is as follows: N O. 54, brown hen, fed polished rice since February 7, 1912; 25 days later, on March 3, the first definite signs Of unsteadiness in the legs were noted. March 4, the bird was found balanced on its 'haunches, ' was scarcely able to rise and could not take more than two or three haphazard steps without tumbling over in a heap. The diet was changed to a 'regenerative' diet consisting Of whole grain, meat scraps, bread, grass, etc. March 14, could stand up very unsteadily for a few seconds but was scarcely able to take a step. March 20, same - never stood up nor attempted to walk unless forced and as sisted in this. April 3, good general appearance but was scarcely able to walk. April 10, improved, but walked with much diffi culty. May 3, apparently entirely recovered within the last few days.
It should be noted that many fowls on the polished rice diet lose complete control Of the lower part of the legs. Others show wing drop, droopiness Of the head and inability to swallow.
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