In the course of a recent conversation with a clinical practitioner from the United States, concerning some of the problems arising in the practical management of dysentery, I was amazed to hear from him the statement, which he attributed to a prominent serologist, that treatment of bacillary dysentery with serum was impracticable because it could not be administered sufficiently early in the attack to be really effective. The reasons for this, he said, were attributed to the impossibility of making an accurate diagnosis under from forty-eight to seventy-two hours by bacteriologic methods, and the rather low proportion of cases that yielded a growth of Bacillus dysenteriae even under favorable conditions. I informed him that in Manila we not only are able to make a correct diagnosis of the condition within two or three hours of the onset, but that our administration of serum is attended by exceedingly satisfactory clinical results.
HAUGHWOUT FG. THE MICROSCOPIC DIAGNOSIS OF THE DYSENTERIES AT THEIR ONSET. JAMA. 1924;83(15):1156–1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660150040012
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