LEMUEL C. MCGEE, Ph.D., M.D.; T. MARTIN GOODWIN, M.D.
"There is a variety of dysphagia, not uncommon in middle-aged women, which in all cases presents almost identical signs and symptoms and which reacts uniformly to treatment, but as to the pathology of which we are ignorant." This statement by Brown Kelly1 in his original discussion of the subject is still true of the syndrome he described. Kelly1 and Paterson,2,3 in 1919, outlined the symptom complex of "spasmodic dysphagia" as one clearly distinct from that of "globus hystericus," achalasia of the cardia or organic obstructive lesions of the esophagus. Their patients were women, the majority of whom were between 40
MCGEE LC, GOODWIN TM. THE SYNDROME OF DYSPHAGIA AND ANEMIA1. Ann Intern Med. ;11:1498–1505. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-8-1498
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;11(8):1498-1505.
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