Book Reviews
January 1937

Die giftarmen Ruhrbazillen.

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By Dr. Erich Hässler. Price, 6 marks. Pp. 68. Berlin: S. Karger, 1935.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;53(1_PART_I):265. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.04140070276019

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The author reports a study of the cases of dysentery in the Children's Clinic in Leipzig during the past nine years. Much of the sixty-eight pages of his monograph is devoted to a discussion of the etiology, epidemiology and classification of dysentery in general from the German point of view.

Several epidemics of E-Kruse (Sonne) dysentery have been reported in Germany, although Kruse in 1919 said he thought it was rare.

In 661 cases the incidence according to type of strain was as follows:

A D H X Y IV II & IV E (Sonne)

16 29 21 24 5 10 105 451

The majority of the cases, in most of which the condition was mild, were of the E, or Sonne, type, which plays an important role in summer diarrhea in Germany. No case of the Shiga type of dysentery occurred in the nine years. There were seventy-nine deaths.

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