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October 4, 1890

SOME OF THE VAGARIES OF THE GRIPPE.Read in the Section of Practice of Medicine, Materia Medica and Physiology, at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Nashville, Tenn., May, 1890.

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JAMA. 1890;XV(14):495-497. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410400011002a

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The influenza, or "grippe," as it is generally called, Protean in its forms and chameleon-like in its aspects, has made a flying trip through our country, and left its multiform impression upon our population. This strange disease enjoys as many titles as a European nobleman: influenza, because it exercises such a decided influence upon all the tissues and functions of the human body; la grippe, because, when it once takes hold, it rarely lets go its grip; rheuma epidemicum, be cause, under its dire influence, the universal nose and throat becomes a perennial fountain; cephalalgia contagiosa, because of the infernally Plu tonian headache it induces; failette, because, when attacked by it, we are driven almost to madness; coquette, because it plays with our feelings as a cat does with a mouse or a young lady with her devoted admirers; petit courier, because it runs from organ to organ, suffering none

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