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September 14, 1912


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Van Wyck, S. C.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(11):879. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090123022

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History.  —The patient, a German-American woman, aged 66, gave a history of rheumatism and heart disease. I was called to see the patient on the morning of June 9, 1012. The previous day the patient had suffered with severe burning pains on the face and neck, and on awakening that morning had found a vesicular eruption in this region.

Examination.  —The typical vesicular eruption of herpes zoster was found following the course of the left facial and the posterior auricular nerves, with scattered patches on the side of the neck and in the hair. None passed the median line of the head. The contents of some of the lesions were puriform. The temperature was 100; pulse 90. A mitral regurgitant murmur was heard on auscultating the chest.From twenty-four to thirty-six hours after the first eruption the patient experienced a burning sensation in the right side of the chest, and

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