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April 4, 1942


JAMA. 1942;118(14):1214. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.62830140003013a

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Psittacosis, a highly communicable disease, has been transmitted to man by parrots, parakeets, love birds and rarer birds of the parrot family.

This communication is of interest because it presents an isolated case of psittacosis in which the only exposure to a bird was to the common pigeon; this possible source of infection warrants closer investigation.

REPORT OF CASE  L. M., a white man aged 35, born in the United States, a policeman, collapsed suddenly while on duty on Oct. 8, 1941. I saw him a few hours later, at which time he complained of fatigue, pain in the left lower portion of the chest extending from the axilla to the precordium, slight cough and blood tinged sputum. He also stated that he had had chills and fever and a "grippy" feeling for two or three days.The past history showed no previous illness or operation. He was given sulfathiazole,

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