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May 24, 1919


JAMA. 1919;72(21):1524-1525. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610210020005

From Oct. 20, 1918, to the present date, a routine throat culture has been made in each case of measles as soon as possible after the patient enters the wards. This was done for the purpose of selecting those patients harboring hemolytic streptococci and isolating them, usually in a separate ward. The cubicle system as used in this hospital undoubtedly offers a large degree of protection against the spread of infection by coughing, but as the sheets are not always properly placed, the special ward was thought to be best. The statistics of these cases were kept to determine what relation was shown between the throat cultures and the complications. The diagnosis of complications was made by the different ward surgeons and the personnel changed from time to time. The presence of pathogenic organisms was determined by various persons of the regular laboratory force, so that their opinions were quite

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