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December 10, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(24):2021-2023. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740760031009

Streptotrichosis, a protean infection produced by micro-organisms belonging to the fungus group, probably occurs with greater frequency than reports and mortality figures would have one believe. Despite a mass of facts, clinical, biologic and pathologic, the disease picture has never been sufficiently emphasized, so that its presence may be at least suspected when certain of its very characteristic features appear before the clinician. Once suspected, only simple laboratory procedures are necessary to establish the diagnosis and clear up the hitherto complex and mystifying picture.

Claypole1 has made a thorough bibliographic study of the literature from the first description of these fungi by Mayen in 1827 to her own review of a series of 819 cases of infections of the head and neck, reported by British and American investigators. The work of Carter2 on Madura foot, published in 1874, establishing the pathogenic rôle of the fungus in man, is