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December 5, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(23):1971-1972. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410230057002

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The following case seems of sufficient interest to report because of its unusual mode of production, and of a curious difficulty in diagnosis:

Patient.  —G. H. H., male, aged 49, married.

Family History.  —Unimportant. The patient's father died of measles at 25 years. His mother died at 60; cause unknown. His only brother died of meningitis at 25 years of age after a sickness of four days. His wife is living and well. Two sons, aged 20 and 11 years, are living and well. Six children died in infancy at ages varying from 3 months to 4 years—one of diphtheria, one of bronchopneumonia and four of cholera infantum.

Past History.  —Good. As a child the patient had measles, whooping cough and mumps; no other sickness except an attack of "shingles," seven years ago, which kept the patient in bed for three months. During this time there were repeated eruptions of

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