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Phantom Limb: From Medical Knowledge to Folk Wisdom and Back

Joseph Herman, MD
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Assia Community Health Centre; Netivot 80200, Israel. Requests for Reprints: Joseph Herman, MD, 24 Megadim Street, Y'fe Nof 96185, Jerusalem, Israel.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(1):76-78. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-128-1-199801010-00029
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Whenever a disorder is newly recognized or reclaimed from oblivion after a long period of neglect, the question arises as to why it was not noticed earlier. If physicians of the caliber of Galen, Paracelsus, and Sydenham could report in detail on gout and migraine, why did they not describe angina pectoris [1]? Could myocardial infarction have been new when Herrick called attention to it, or has it always been with us, merely undergoing a sharp increase in incidence in part because of the disappearance of competing causes of death in Herrick's time and locale [2]?

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