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January 2, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(1):58. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670270062029

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To the Editor:  —Apropos of the letter of Dr. C. J. Snitkay (The Journal, Dec. 19, 1925) in regard to intestinal influenza, in September, 1925, the London (England) School of Tropical Medicine examined the stools of certain persons suffering with the symptoms of so-called intestinal influenza, and isolated Bacillus suipestifer. These sick persons were former patients of mine. Several weeks before leaving America for England, en route for India, they had received the usual antityphoid inoculations.At the time they left Minnesota we were having much intestinal influenza with a group of symptoms consisting (in a typical case) of fever, nausea, vomiting, gastric and intestinal pain, and diarrhea. The stools were offensive and contained much mucus and a varying amount of blood. Not all cases showed all the symptoms mentioned, but a sufficient number of them to warrant their classification under the same head.The patients became sick on the

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