John B. McQuillen

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From early childhood, eight patients in a kindred had paroxysmal bouts of ataxia, dysarthria, and nystagmus. The disorder was inherited as an autosomal dominant. Attacks occurred weekly and lasted 1 to 6 hours; there were slight cerebellar signs between attacks. Although the etiology was not determined, a serendipitous trial of acetazolamide completely(More)
A variety of central nervous system pathology has been associated with cocaine abuse, including cerebral vasculitis. We report a case of a 25-year-old woman who died of hypoxic encephalopathy following cardiac arrest due to cocaine abuse. Autopsy revealed a distinctive cerebral vasculitis with features characteristic of hypersensitivity drug included(More)
Sudden cerebral swelling and death secondary to craniocerebral trauma has been noted in children and young adults. This is due to an increase in intracerebral blood, either secondary to an increase in cerebral blood volume or a redistribution of intracranial blood from the pial to the intraparenchymal vessels. Sequential craniocerebral trauma has been(More)
Passive and active technologies have been used to control propellant boil-off, but the current state of understanding of cryogenic evaporation and condensation in microgravity is insufficient for designing large cryogenic depots critical to the long-term space exploration missions. One of the key factors limiting the ability to design such systems is the(More)
Acute bilateral weakness of the extremities with weakness of the tongue classically signals a medullary lesion. A patient had these signs, but at autopsy, bilateral cortical border-zone infarcts and an entirely normal brainstem were found. This case points out the importance of considering bilateral cortical border-zone infarction in the presence of(More)
We describe the clinical presentation, course, pathologic findings, and biochemical abnormalities found in three adult siblings with an idiopathic lipid storage myopathy. The major presenting symptoms were weakness and cramping, which were profound in one patient, moderate in the second patient, and mild in the third. All three individuals exhibited true(More)
Autopsy examination of the brain was performed in 40 cases of Legionella pneumonia. Thirty-nine of 40 patients had underlying chronic or acute medical problems. Sixteen patients (40%) had neurologic signs or symptoms that were not explained by preexisting disease. CSF was normal in six of seven patients examined; CSF protein content was 66 mg/100 ml in one(More)
Medical examiners and coroners, in their compassion for survivors, often certify the interval between injury and death as "instantaneous" only to be confronted in legal proceedings, especially civil proceedings, with the need to detail the actual events and time required to die or to lose consciousness. A review of "pain and suffering" and consciousness is(More)
A capillary flow liquid acquisition device (LAD) for cryogenic propellants has been developed and tested in NASA Glenn Research Center to meet the requirements of transferring cryogenic liquid propellants from storage tanks to an engine in reduced gravity environments. The prototypical mesh screen channel LAD was fabricated with a mesh screen, covering a(More)
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