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May 7, 1910

VINCENT'S ANGINA DUEING QUARANTINE FOR DIPHTHERIA

JAMA. 1910;LIV(19):1516-1517. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550450001001m

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Abstract

Although ulcero-membranous stomatitis, or pharyngitis, also known by the name of fetid ulcerous inflammation of the throat, has been recognized for many years, and although there is still controversy as to whether Vincent was the first to discover the fusiform bacilli and the long spirilla, which, occurring together, are characteristic of this affection, it is certainly due to his observations and writings in the years 1896-1898, that this rather uncommon form of pharyngitis has been brought to general attention, and the obscurity of its etiology and differentiation cleared up; so that at the present time this condition is less frequently confused with true diphtheria than was formerly the case.

Recently I had opportunity to observe a number of cases of the peculiar necrotic ulceration, known as Vincent's angina, in an institution which is constantly receiving children from the worst possible hygienic surroundings. At the time of the outbreak of

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