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September 8, 1923

AN EPIDEMIC OF MILD FEVER OF UNKNOWN NATURE

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Medicine of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Presbyterian Hospital.

JAMA. 1923;81(10):826-828. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650100034015

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Abstract

Since June 6, 1923, sixteen patients admitted to the Presbyterian Hospital, New York, have presented symptoms and courses so similar to one another, and yet not corresponding to any picture found by us in the literature, that we have come to regard them as representing a new and distinct clinical entity. For the purpose of calling attention to the condition and learning, if possible, the opinion of others who may have seen similar cases, we are reporting in brief our experience.

The characteristic features of the malady as we have seen it, are: (1) occurrence in the young; (2) sudden onset; (3) pain referred to the chest or upper abdomen; (4) a rather high fever with few other general constitutional symptoms; (5) a disappearance of the pain and fever within twenty-four hours, with frequent recurrence on the third or fourth day after the onset; (6) a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.

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