Erland Nelson, M.D., PH.D.
An apparently new, certainly interesting, but rather alarming disease has appeared in Japan since the late 1950s. Originally termed "non-specific encephalomyelitis with abdominal symptoms," it was of sufficient concern for calling a symposium in 1965 at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Internal Medicine, when the new and more descriptive term, "subacute myelo-optico-neuropathy," and its abbreviated form, "SMON," were adopted. Outbreaks in 1967 prompted formation of a Special SMON Research Commission in 1969. Two preliminary but authoritative reports, in English, from members of the commission have recently been published in the Japanese Journal of Medical Science and
Nelson E. Subacute Myelo-Optico-Neuropathy (SMON). Ann Intern Med. 1972;77:468–470. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-3-468
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(3):468-470.
Emergency Medicine, Neurology.
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