October 11, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(15):539-542. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410410019003

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Bacteriological Studies in Scarlatinal Angina.  Wurtz and Burges (Arch. de Med. Exp., May, 1890) have recently made some observations in this line that are of some practical importance. A few cases of scarlatina, in the Trousseau Hospital, were transferred to the pavilion for diphtheritics because of early development of false membrane in the throat. The bacteriological examination in all these cases revealed the streptococcus pyogenes, in a pure state, or associated with other microbes of suppuration. In none of the cases with early developing membrane did the authors find the bacillus of Klebs—Löffler. In two cases of angina with late developing membrane the specific bacillus was found to be present. One of these children that early presented the streptococcus pyogenes was undoubtedly secondarily infected in the pavilion for diphtheritics, to which it had been transferred.The authors come to the conclusion, that the precocious angina of scarlatina is not,

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