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November 26, 1887

DIPHTHERIA.Read in the Section on Diseases of Children, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(22):683-686. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400210011002b

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I am well aware that the subject I have selected is one which has been again and again discussed, sometimes by men who have evidently had experience with the disease, while at other times it is evident that the individual who has undertaken to discuss the disease had in reality only had experience with ulcerated tonsilitis, or what may be called "homeopathic diphtheria." It is not my purpose to take up your valuable time in the discussion in detail of the definitions, synonyms and history of the disease, but to consider such general conditions pertaining to symptoms, causes and treatment as I have formed opinions concerning, and which I believe are not fully set forth in all particulars, in even the various treatises upon the subject.

Let us admit the disease to be one of the zymotic class, specific, highly infectious, slightly contagious, the chief early symptoms of which are

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