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November 16, 1907

A New Disease?—Autointoxication?

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1692. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530200050017

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Homer, Neb., Oct. 30, 1907.

To the Editor:  —It was with much interest I read the article of Dr. W. E. Clark of Frederick, S. D., in The Journal, Oct. 12, 1907, p. 1295, describing a number of cases of a new disease which he had seen. I saw my first case, similar to those he described, about the middle of July, and since that time I have seen a great many, but none for the past month.The majority of cases were in young adults. Neither milk nor any excess in diet could be held accountable. The symptoms were the same as described by Dr. Clark. In one case, in which the patient was wildly delirious, there was a temperature of 104 F. In all the cases, when the headache subsided, the patients felt very comfortable, as it was the most painful feature of their illness. The bowels usually

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