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POLYNEURITIS ASSOCIATED WITH ETHER ANESTHESIA OCCURRING IN THREE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY

POLYNEURITIS ASSOCIATED WITH ETHER ANESTHESIA OCCURRING IN THREE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY Abstract Polyneuritis of obscure origin always presents interesting problems. The observations of Wechsler,1 Minot, Strauss and Cobb2 and others on vitamin deficiency, especially deficiency of vitamin B1, as the causative factor have clarified many cases not only from an etiologic but also from a therapeutic standpoint. This theory has been substantiated in a recent study by Jolliffe and Joffe3 on twenty-four alcoholic addicts. They employed Cowgill's4 equation for predicting the vitamin B requirement (referred to as the "Vit/Cal ratio") and found that alcoholic persons having an adequate "Vit/Cal ratio" in the diet did not present neurologic changes even when the consumption of alcohol was continued over a prolonged period. However, alcoholic addicts in whom neuritis developed had an inadequate intake of vitamins, according to the formula, for at least twenty-two days. Collier5 reported a series of cases of polyneuritis of unknown etiology and stated that References 1. Wechsler, I. S.: Etiology of Polyneuritis , Arch. Neurol. & Psychiat. 29:813 ( (April) ) 1933 2. Unrecognized Cases of Deficiency Polyneuritis , M. J. & Rec. 131:441 ( (May 7) ) 1930. 3. Minot, G. R.; Strauss, M. B., and Cobb, S.: Alcoholic Polyneuritis: Dietary Deficiency as a Factor in Its Production , New England J. Med. 208:1244 ( (June 15) ) 1933. 4. Jolliffe, N., and Joffe, P. M.: Relation of Vitamin B (B1) Intake to Neurological Changes in the Alcohol Addict , Proc. Soc. Exper. Biol. & Med. 32: 1161 ( (April) ) 1935. 5. Cowgill, G. R.: The Vitamin B Requirement of Man , New Haven, Yale University Press, 1934. 6. Collier, James: Peripheral Neuritis (Morison Lectures) , Edinburgh M. J. 39:601, 672 and 697, 1932. 7. Grinker, R. R.: Neurology , Springfield, Ill., Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1934, p. 24. 8. Hamilton, A.: Industrial Poisons in the United States , New York, The Macmillan Company, 1925. 9. Minot, G. R., and Hamilton, A.: Ether Poisoning in the Manufacture of Smokeless Powder , J. Indust. Hyg. 2:41 ( (June) ) 1920. 10. Hayhurst, E. K., in Occupation and Health: Encyclopedia of Hygiene , Pathology and Social Welfare, International Labour office, Boston, World Peace Foundation, 1930. 11. Raymond and Cottenot: Progrès. méd. , 1908, p. 341 12. Lewandowsky, M.: Handbuch der Neurologie , Berlin, Julius Springer, 1910, vol. 2, p. 122. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry American Medical Association

POLYNEURITIS ASSOCIATED WITH ETHER ANESTHESIA OCCURRING IN THREE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY

Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry , Volume 35 (3) – Mar 1, 1936

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Abstract

Abstract Polyneuritis of obscure origin always presents interesting problems. The observations of Wechsler,1 Minot, Strauss and Cobb2 and others on vitamin deficiency, especially deficiency of vitamin B1, as the causative factor have clarified many cases not only from an etiologic but also from a therapeutic standpoint. This theory has been substantiated in a recent study by Jolliffe and Joffe3 on twenty-four alcoholic addicts. They employed Cowgill's4 equation for predicting the vitamin B requirement (referred to as the "Vit/Cal ratio") and found that alcoholic persons having an adequate "Vit/Cal ratio" in the diet did not present neurologic changes even when the consumption of alcohol was continued over a prolonged period. However, alcoholic addicts in whom neuritis developed had an inadequate intake of vitamins, according to the formula, for at least twenty-two days. Collier5 reported a series of cases of polyneuritis of unknown etiology and stated that References 1. Wechsler, I. S.: Etiology of Polyneuritis , Arch. Neurol. & Psychiat. 29:813 ( (April) ) 1933 2. Unrecognized Cases of Deficiency Polyneuritis , M. J. & Rec. 131:441 ( (May 7) ) 1930. 3. Minot, G. R.; Strauss, M. B., and Cobb, S.: Alcoholic Polyneuritis: Dietary Deficiency as a Factor in Its Production , New England J. Med. 208:1244 ( (June 15) ) 1933. 4. Jolliffe, N., and Joffe, P. M.: Relation of Vitamin B (B1) Intake to Neurological Changes in the Alcohol Addict , Proc. Soc. Exper. Biol. & Med. 32: 1161 ( (April) ) 1935. 5. Cowgill, G. R.: The Vitamin B Requirement of Man , New Haven, Yale University Press, 1934. 6. Collier, James: Peripheral Neuritis (Morison Lectures) , Edinburgh M. J. 39:601, 672 and 697, 1932. 7. Grinker, R. R.: Neurology , Springfield, Ill., Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1934, p. 24. 8. Hamilton, A.: Industrial Poisons in the United States , New York, The Macmillan Company, 1925. 9. Minot, G. R., and Hamilton, A.: Ether Poisoning in the Manufacture of Smokeless Powder , J. Indust. Hyg. 2:41 ( (June) ) 1920. 10. Hayhurst, E. K., in Occupation and Health: Encyclopedia of Hygiene , Pathology and Social Welfare, International Labour office, Boston, World Peace Foundation, 1930. 11. Raymond and Cottenot: Progrès. méd. , 1908, p. 341 12. Lewandowsky, M.: Handbuch der Neurologie , Berlin, Julius Springer, 1910, vol. 2, p. 122.

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Archives of Neurology & PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 1, 1936

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