Ralph W. Richter, M.D.; Michael M. Baden, M.D.; John Pearson, M.D.
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Although heroin addiction has become a major public health problem and is the leading cause of death in New York City in the 15- to 35-year age group, the neurologic sequelae are only now being defined. Almost 10% of medical admissions at Harlem Hospital, N. Y., are for complications of heroin addiction. These addicts were studied for neurological deficits. The clinical findings have included mononeuritis, polyneuritis and optic atrophy; acute myopathy with myoglobinuria and chronic myopathies; acute transverse myelitis; and acute and chronic brain syndromes with delirium, coma, convulsions, stroke and Parkinsonian-like syndromes. Infectious complications have included tetanus, bacterial, tuberculous,
Richter RW, Baden MM, Pearson J. Clinical and Neuropathological Correlates of Heroin Addiction.. Ann Intern Med. 1970;72:808. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-808_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):808.
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