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February 3, 1900


Author Affiliations

Resident Physician and Surgeon, Douglas County Hospital. OMAHA, NEB.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(5):280. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610050026003

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As the percentage of recoveries from tetanus is exceedingly small, a report of the treatment and successful recovery of a patient, afflicted with a most severe siege of the disease, may be of interest.

On Sept. 9, 1899, a German farmer boy, aged 15 years, was brought to the Douglas County Hospital, exhibiting most severe symptoms of lockjaw. His history, as given by him, was as follows: Three weeks previously, while working on a farm, he had received a cut with a corn-knife, between the first and second toes of the right foot. He complained of nothing for ten days after the injury. At noon on the eleventh day, while at the dinner table, he found that he could not completely close his lower jaw. His condition grew worse and, on the fifteenth day after the injury, he was seized by a severe chill followed by a violent contraction of

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