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January 1941


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Bacteriology and Parasitology of the Nelson Morris Institute for Medical Research of Michael Reese Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(1):54-63. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000070063005

The statement occurs in some of the standard textbooks of pediatrics and in reports of surveys of amebic dysentery that amebiasis in infants and children is exceedingly rare, except in the tropics. That this belief is current in children's hospitals is manifested by the surprise and incredulity frequently expressed when the presence of Endamoeba histolytica in a patient's stools is reported by the laboratory and by the pediatrician's questioning attitude as to its significance. We were cognizant of this statement in the literature and of its rather general acceptance. We remembered that since the Chicago epidemic of amebic dysentery Spector1 had made several surveys of amebiasis in children's institutions, and Nichamin and his associates2 had made one. Knowing that there had been a few patients with amebiasis in Sarah Morris Hospital in recent years, we became interested in compiling the references on surveys of amebiasis in infants and

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