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February 16, 1929

A SURVEY OF AMEBIC DYSENTERY IN CHICAGO

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO; SAN FRANCISCO

From the Department of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine, and the Department of Health, City of Chicago.

JAMA. 1929;92(7):528-531. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700330012004

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION  By Charles Spencer WilliamsonThe stimulus for the survey of which these reports are a summary lay in the fact that I had occasion to see in private practice within a very short time several cases of amebic dysentery occurring under rather unusual conditions.The first patient had a very large hepatic abscess, which had been opened and drained, and the patient was steadily going down hill. It was stated that examinations of the pus had been made with negative results. I saw the patient after the abscess had been draining for a long time, and on a personal examination of the pus, which was of the typical anchovy sauce type, found typical endamebas in large numbers. Vigorous treatment with emetine caused a remarkable clearing up of the entire process in a short time. The patient was living in a downtown hotel.A short time afterward another patient was

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