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April 15, 1939

La amibiasis en Chile

JAMA. 1939;112(15):1531. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800150103032

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In this monograph one will find a brief summary of the most commonly known literature on amebiasis and the results of the author's observations on amebiasis in Chile. After more than two years of study on cultural methods and after devising a new modification, he has concluded that culturing Endamoeba is more of scientific interest than of practical use. After discussing briefly some well known facts concerning the epidemiology of amebiasis, he gives the results of studies made in Chile during the years 1934 to 1937 inclusive. Two hundred and eighty-five patients were examined in the laboratory of parasitology of the school of biology and medical sciences. Forty-three (50.08 per cent) harbored Endamoeba histolytica (the author prefers the term E. dysenteriae). In the Hospital del Salvador there were 827 patients examined in 1937 and 11.36 per cent were infected with E. histolytica, while in other hospitals the rates of infection

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