JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
From time to time announcements are made to the effect that the cause
of scarlet fever has been discovered, but so far none of these assertions
has received general acceptance. Even the assertion that scarlet fever is
a streptococcus disease has not proved itself successful, in spite of the
almost constant association of local and general streptococcus infections
at least in severe cases of scarlet fever, principally because the streptococci
isolated from cases of scarlet fever do not differ from the ordinary streptococci,
and because of the further fact that while one attack of scarlet fever, be
it ever so mild, confers a permanent immunity to subsequent attacks; this
unfortunately does not hold true in regard to the various forms of streptococcus
infection with which we are familiar.
THE CAUSE OF SCARLET FEVER.. JAMA. 2004;291(1):132. doi:10.1001/jama.291.1.132-a