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January 12, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(2):51-53. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390270022008

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Palestine, Dec. 5, 1883.

Prof. N. S. Davis, m.d., Chicago, Ill.:  I beg that you will excuse this trespass upon your time and patience, but knowing that anything connected with our profession and out of the beaten track possesses interest for you, I presume to make the following statement:There have occurred in this city several deaths, some in one day, some in two and some in three days' duration of illness, and it is claimed by some physicians here that the cause of death, or the disease, was " malarial coma."I have practiced medicine now some thirty-two years, and have read some and had some experience, and until now I have never heard of such a disease as "malarial coma." I can imagine a case where the malarial poison or influence may become so overwhelming and so obtunding to the sensorium or intellectual faculties as to at once produce

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