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September 14, 1918


Author Affiliations

(New York) Lieutenant, M. R. C., U. S. Army; Ward Surgeon. Base Hospital; (Chicago) Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army; Chief of the Medical Service, Base Hospital CAMP CODY, DEMING, N. M.

JAMA. 1918;71(11):900-901. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020370006013b

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Between Nov. 6, 1917, and May 15, 1918, 104 cases of erysipelas were treated at the base hospital at Camp Cody. Most of these began on the face. The disease followed drainage of the mastoid in seven cases, abscess of the scalp in three cases, demonstrable ulcer in the nose in three cases, hordeolum in one case, and burns of the face in one case. The remaining ninety cases were called "idiopathic." On certain occasions an influx of such cases was noted after a period of high winds and dust storms, such as characterize this place and favor the development of inflammations of the mucous membranes of the head generally.

Although only one patient died as the result of erysipleas, the disease was responsible for a total of 2,497 hospital days, making it a matter of some importance to determine the best method of management and establishing it as a

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