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As commom and fatal as this disease is, the profession is still more or less at variance regarding a discriminating definition of diphtheria. In the opinion of many it is a malady separate and distinct from that other, so closely allied to it and termed pseudo-membranous croup; while on the part of others the belief is that the two diseases are really identical. It is partly with the hope of eliciting from the members of this society an expression of opinion concerning the questions of unity and duality that this brief communication is presented. Only by free and full discussion, if necessary oft repeated, can a matter in such great dispute ever be brought to final settlement. If there be but one disease—diphtheria —that fact had better be plainly and decisively con-ceded, and the mind thenceforth disabused of any further idea to the contrary.
It is not a difficult task
TYLER L. DIPHTHERIA AND TRACHEOTOMY. Read before the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, April 13, 1887. JAMA. 1887;IX(9):269–272. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400080013002c
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