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April 10, 1920

A CASE OF HUMAN ANTHRAX

Author Affiliations

Buhl, Minn.

From the Shaw Hospital.

JAMA. 1920;74(15):1025. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.26210150002013c

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Abstract

Anthrax in man is still uncommon enough to warrant the report of a case. 

History.  —W. I. L., man, aged 18, Finn, clerk in a mining office, noticed a small nodule on the left side of the neck just below the ear. Swelling of the neck began immediately. The following day, he consulted the physician at the mine, and hot compresses were applied. Twenty-four hours later, when next seen by the physician, the symptoms had progressed rapidly, and the patient was brought to the hospital. He had a temperature of 104 F.; pulse, 130, and respiration, 28. There was extreme swelling of the neck and face extending around to the right side and down to the left breast, and marked edema of the throat involving the uvula. Breathing was embarrassed and noisy, and there was great difficulty in swallowing. The patient complained of no pain except the discomfort from the

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