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March 1935

Amoebiasis and Amoebic Dysentery.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1935;55(3):530. doi:10.1001/archinte.1935.00160210183014

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The recent rapid advances in the knowledge of amebiasis have left the average physician not only behind but in a state of confusion. The old concept of amebic dysentery as a drastic disease confined more or less to the tropics has been shattered, and it is claimed that 10, 20 or even 50 per cent of healthy persons pass cysts of pathogenic amebas in the feces, and, what is even worse, actually have some disability as a result of the infestation. One was shocked to hear recently of a large outbreak of acute dysentery in one of our greatest cities, and there are reports on every hand of new drugs which are said to be better than the old standby emetine, and with most of which the general practitioner has had little chance to experiment.

The time is clearly ripe for an authoritative summary of the whole problem, and no

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