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May 13, 1939


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Springfield, Ky.

JAMA. 1939;112(19):1936-1937. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.62800190004012c

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I have recently treated seven cases of smallpox, four with sulfanilamide and three with symptomatic treatment:

Case 1.—  Mrs. G., aged 44, a housewife, white, first observed Jan 18, 1939, complained chiefly of severe backache and fever coming on rather suddenly during the preceding night. At first she felt chilly but did not have a definite rigor. This was accompanied with severe aching of the back in the lower lumbar region, across the hips and down the back of the legs. There was considerable headache and some nausea but no vomiting. There was some discomfort in the throat but no cough. There was no constipation, diarrhea or disturbance of the urinary system. There had been very little sweating. The patient was rather obese and appeared to be extremely ill. The skin was dry, the face was flushed and there was some restlessness. The temperature was 103.2 F.; the pulse rate

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