Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884. eBook

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MIRYACHIT, A NEWLY DESCRIBED DISEASE OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, AND ITS ANALOGUES.[1]

   [Footnote 1:  Read before the New York Neurological Society,
   February 5, 1884.]

By WILLIAM A. HAMMOND, M.D., Surgeon-General, U.S.  Army (Retired List); Professor of Diseases of the Mind and Nervous System in the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital.

In a very interesting account of a journey from the Pacific Ocean through Asia to the United States, by Lieutenant B.H.  Buckingham and Ensigns George C. Foulk and Walter McLean,[2] United States navy, I find an affection of the nervous system described which, on account of its remarkable characteristics, as well as by reason of certain known analogies, I think should be brought to the special notice of the medical profession.  I quote from the work referred to, the following account of this disease.  The party is on the Ussuri River not far from its junction with the Amur in Eastern Siberia:  “While we were walking on the bank here we observed our messmate, the captain of the general staff (of the Russian army), approach the steward of the boat suddenly, and, without any apparent reason or remark, clap his hands before his face; instantly the steward clapped his hands in the same manner, put on an angry look, and passed on.  The incident was somewhat curious, as it involved a degree of familiarity with the steward hardly to have been expected.  After this we observed a number of queer performances of the steward, and finally comprehended the situation.  It seemed that he was afflicted with a peculiar mental or nervous disease, which forced him to imitate everything suddenly presented to his senses.  Thus, when the captain slapped the paddle-box suddenly in the presence of

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