Talk:History of Tourette syndrome

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The following online documents may be useful in composing this article. Colin°Talk 19:06, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Historical papers[edit]

Tourette's 1885 paper has been copied here:

A very, very rough translation can be found here:

I hope to get a French-speaker to make some improvements shortly. Colin°Talk 22:37, 16 January 2007 (UTC)


TIME Magazine[edit]

TIME magazine have an archive going back to 1925. They have articles on Tourette Syndrome from 1949, 1957 and 1966. The footnote in the 1949 article says:

About 50 cases (a dozen of them in the U.S.) have been reported since the affliction was described by French Neurologist Georges Gilles de la Tourette in 1885.

The one from 1957 mentions a carbon dioxide treatment. All three concentrate on the problems with swearing. An article from 1982 discussing orphan diseases, gives a figure of 100,000 Americans.

  • Well, you've been productively busy :-) To definitively expand and complete this article, I've got to read Kushner's book - maybe on a plane. I've got to undertake it when I have a big bunch of free time. This could be expanded to an interesting, comprehensive article, but I've got a lot of travel on my plate between now and June. Thanks, Colin! SandyGeorgia (Talk) 19:59, 14 January 2007 (UTC)
    • Nice work, Colin: I've printed everything so far to read on the plane. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 22:40, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks, Colin[edit]

Thanks again, Colin. I read all of this on my planetrip. The TIME articles provide invaluable (and frightening) insight, and offer interesting commentary on what people with tics lived through in the past. The Kushner Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr article is invaluable, providing what looks like may be an abbreviated version of his book. (By the way, there is very good TS research going on in Brazil.) The only article I caution against using is the neuropsychological assessment of 23 Icelandic Tourette patients. It is what it is: a paper submitted by a student in pursuit of a degree. It has several shortcomings; it repeats speculation about historical figures having TS without a more thorough expert analysis, presents findings based on a very small clinical sample, and when you read further into the paper, you find examples of a less than thorough presentation of all current research or perspective on some outdated research vis-a-vis current knowledge. The value in that paper is the division of the history into time periods, but I suspect that may also comes from Kushner, so going back to the authoritative source would be a better option. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 20:06, 24 January 2007 (UTC)


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