Functional and Dissociative Neurological Symptoms : a patient's guide


Functional Weakness


Patients with functional weakness sometimes drag their leg behind them as shown in these two pictures

This early medical film from 1902 shows a woman with functional weakness of the right leg being treated by the Romanian neurologist Marinescu.

Click on the picture to see the film which was published in the paper, "The origins of scientific cinematography and early medical applications" by
Alexandru C. Barboi, MD, Christopher G. Goetz, MD and Radu Musetoiu, MD. NEUROLOGY 2004;62:2082-2086

The film shows her walk before treatment and then three months later after treatment which largely involved hypnosis. It looks as if it was filmed on the same day but it wasn't!

The link is direct to the journal website