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May 18, 1935

THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF BLACK SPIDER BITE

JAMA. 1935;104(20):1790-1792. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760200012002
Abstract

During the last seven years, fifty-two cases of black spider bite have been treated at the Fresno County General Hospital. Most of the cases were admitted during the summer and early fall. The number treated each year was as follows: 1928, 6; 1929, 3; 1930, 3; 1931, 6; 1932, 11; 1933, 12; 1934, 11.

In the average case the patient was an adult male who had been bitten on the penis or scrotum while sitting in an outdoor privy. In some cases, however, there was a history of having been bitten on the foot while putting on a shoe in the morning or on the back or arm after getting into the blankets at night.

The patient when brought to the hospital shortly after being bitten complains of pain and swelling at the site of the injury with pain throughout the body, particularly in the extremities, which become cramped and

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