SAMUEL F. ARONSON
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Myasthenia gravis, a symptom-complex manifested by an incapacity of one or more groups of voluntary muscles for sustained effort, is without any demonstrable involvement of the nervous system.
Thomas Willis is credited by several authors1, 2 with having first described the disease; but Wechsler3 claims that Wilkes in 1877 deserves that credit. Erb1 gave a clear and classical description in 1878 but believed that the condition was due to pathological changes in the central nervous system. Oppenheim4 claimed credit for first clearly differentiating the disease in 1887 and named it bulbar paralysis without pathological lesions. Jolly,2 in 1895, demonstrated, by
ARONSON SF. MYASTHENIA GRAVIS; A DISCUSSION, WITH PRESENTATION OF A CASE ASSOCIATED WITH A THYMOMA*. Ann Intern Med. 1941;15:137–145. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-15-1-137
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1941;15(1):137-145.
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