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May 16, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(20):1595-1599. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310460019002c

CLINICAL REPORT BY DR. BEVAN.  During October, 1907, I was called to Milwaukee to see three cases which had puzzled the attending physicians and which presented interesting and difficult problems. There were three brothers, farmers, who lived near each other in central Wisconsin, and the son of one of the men involved in the case. One of the brothers, a man of about 35 or 40 years of age, had traded for a horse, which had been brought down from the northern part of the state. This horse had at the time, or soon after his purchase, developed a swelling under the jaw. The new owner lanced this swelling, and soon after he developed an infected hand. The hand infection was followed by general systemic infection, multiple abscesses and death within a few weeks.The other horses on the farm were taken ill, and some horses were borrowed from a