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March 11, 1916


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From the Durand Hospital of the Memorial Institute for Infectious Diseases.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(11):810. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580370030013

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The importance of promptly ridding the diphtheria carrier of diphtheria bacilli needs no emphasis. Not only may the carrier spread diphtheria, but in children the loss of school days and the difficulties of quarantine are serious matters. In hospitals for infectious diseases, the presence of otherwise healthy patients for a prolonged period, with occupation of beds needed for those actually sick, and with the constant liability to cross infection, is, to say the least, burdensome. In this hospital it has been found, as will be reported soon in detail, that dry and finely powdered kaolin properly applied materially shortens the necessary stay of patients in the hospital. In the course of observation, however, several instances have been met in which the local application of kaolin1 seemed to be without any effect on the bacilli. In view of the prompt disappearance of the bacilli in these cases after tonsillectomy and

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