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June 20, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(25):2141-2143. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770250025007

W. H. H., a white man, aged 49, a master mechanic, dressed a rabbit that had been killed by his son, Jan. 12, 1935. Previously his health had been excellent and his weight had averaged 175 pounds (79.4 Kg.). January 15 he had a severe chill for two hours, followed by high fever and marked loss of strength. The next day he could scarcely speak above a whisper. January 18 a sore appeared on the right third digit near the nail root. The entire arm became painful, and tender swellings developed at the elbow and in the axilla. The temperature was 104 F. and remained so for the next three days. After January 21 he was out of bed, sitting around his home, with moderate fever, little malaise, profound weakness, drenching sweats, and pain limited to the right hand and arm.

January 24 he walked to the office and gave