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February 15, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(7):240-241. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410070024005

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In the Montreal Medical Journal, September, appears an abstract of a paper by Dr. J. C. Cameron, in which he applies the term " drain sore throat " to an affection not infrequently observed, but very frequently difficult of explanation as to its causation. He was recently called upon to treat ten cases of sore throat in the same family. The malady was of a marked adynamic character and was accompanied by a rash somewhat resembling that of scarlet fever; in six of the cases there were both enlargement and ulceration of the tonsils; and at the outset of the suppuration in tonsils the appearances were strongly suggestive of diphtheria. Suspecting that the drainage might be at fault, Dr. Cameron caused it to be examined and defects were found in the ventilation of the soil-pipe, sufficient to cause a pollution of the house atmosphere. These seem to belong to a class of

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