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October 25, 1913

MINNESOTA STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: Annual Meeting, held at Minneapolis, Oct. 2-3, 1913

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Minneapolis, in the Chair

JAMA. 1913;61(17):1567-1569. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350180067039

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Common Infections That Are Often Erroneously Diagnosed as Grip 

Dr. C. L. Sherman, Luverne:  During the first four months of this year a number of cases of influenza developed in Luverne and vicinity. I attempted to study fourteen cases. Smears from the throat, sputum and secondary lesions were examined and cultures made. The influenza bacillus was found in only two. Streptococci were present in all cases, often in pure culture. In many respects they resembled the organism described by Davis and Rosenow. The pneumococci were present in four cases, and, in one instance, though not suspected previous to the examination, the tubercle bacillus was found. The onset was invariably abrupt. Fever was present in all cases, ranging from 101 to 104 F. Well-marked symptoms of infection of the upper passages were constant. All the patients complained more or less of sore throat. Cough, present at the time of

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