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February 23, 1935

Amebiasis and Amebic Dysentery

JAMA. 1935;104(8):676. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760080072027

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Abstract

This timely monograph was written to help the physician in the diagnosis, prophylaxis and treatment of amebiasis, which, although not so understood by every one, includes amebic dysentery. The first chapters deal with the historical aspects of the disease and with its geographic distribution. The disease is world wide and, in the United States, its incidence is from 5 to 10 per cent. Included is a discussion of the organism Endamoeba histolytica, and Craig clearly points out the importance of the typical sluglike, directional movement of fresh trophozoites. Tables of surveys are listed to demonstrate certain epidemiologic aspects of amebiasis. However, since most surveys are of the sick, or at best of institutionalized subjects, there may be a reasonable doubt as to their application to the general population. Craig believes that the chief method of transmission is by food handlers, although he recognizes other methods as having been demonstrated. The

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