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May 19, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(20):1620. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.92690470003010c

The most frequent site of diphtheritic inflammation is the mucous membrane of the throat, larynx and nose. Diphtheria organisms have also been found in the ear, on the mucous membrane of the stomach, in the vulva, and on the conjunctiva and the skin. In view of these facts, the case reported here is not only unusual, but also important clinically.

REPORT OF CASE  A man, aged 28, married, seen, May 1, 1927, at 7 p. m., complained simply of feeling ill, the reason for such an indefinite complaint, as was discovered later, being that his brother-in-law was present at the first visit. He had been in this condition for two or three days, the onset having been gradual in character. On general examination, the temperature was found to be 104 F. and the pulse 126. The head, neck and chest were normal, as was also the abdomen

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