PALSY is called local when it is confined to a single limb, or muscle, or locality. One of these forms is called facial palsy. It affects one half the face only, and is a good specimen of these affections. It removes all power of expression from one half of the face, and leaves the features still, blank, and unmeaning. With the affected side of the face, the patient cannot laugh, or weep, or frown, or express any feeling or emotion, while the features of the other side are in full play. Among the ignorant, who do not comprehend the extent of the evil, the drollness of the expression excites laughter.
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