January 11, 1908


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JAMA. 1908;L(2):120. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310280036004b

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Since the introduction of antisepsis septicopyemia has become a rather rare affection. But cases occur occasionally which are beyond the power of the surgeon to forestall, or the patient may present himself after the disease has made considerable headway. The report of a case therefore is attended with some interest, first, from the comparative rarity of the disease; second, from its very logical pathology, and third, from certain errors in diagnosis which may occur, an example of which appears in the present case.

History.  —J. B., male, aged 13, gave an excellent family and past history. Twenty-eight days previously, in playing basket ball, he received an abrasion on his right heel just over the tendo Achillis from having a player step against his foot. An ulcer formed and more or less soreness developed. Improvement however was noted and the wound showed signs of healing, when one night three weeks after

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