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Article
February 5, 1910

METHODS OF SERUM DIAGNOSIS IN BACILLARY DYSENTERY (INFECTIOUS DIARRHEA) IN INFANTS

Author Affiliations

BOSTON; TORONTO, CANADA; LAWRENCE, KAN.

From the Laboratories of Serum Diagnosis, Harvard Medical School and of the Boston Floating Hospital.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(6):441-446. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550320009002d
Abstract

This article deals with a systematic study of certain methods of diagnosis from the blood serum in infants suffering from dysentery (infectious diarrhea). It is assumed from previous work in this field, and is further evidenced by the present study, that this type of summer diarrhea, denominated in the wards of the Boston Floating Hospital "infectious diarrhea," has direct etiologic relation with one or more of the varieties of organisms now grouped under the species name of Bacillus dysenteriæ. In all the cases of infectious diarrhea considered, and in the control cases as well, a thorough search has been made in the stools for the dysentery bacillus. It was not deemed advisable, in so far as the serum tests were concerned, to consider varieties of the bacillus beyond the first generally accepted division of these organisms into mannit fermenters (Flexner type) and mannit non-fermenters (Shiga type) ; a more detailed consideration of the

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