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November 21, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXIII(21):1806-1811. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570210008003

Amebic dysentery is a relatively rare disease in children, not because children are not susceptible to the infection but because they are less exposed to the etiologic factors which cause the infection in the adult. It is possible that in children it may exist much more often than is believed but may escape detection. The four cases reported below are instances of this.

In the Charity Hospital in New Orleans where there have been seen in the out-patient department for the last eight and a half years an average of 20,543 new cases annually, and where there have been admitted annually an average of 11,077 cases, or where 94,161 cases have been admitted, only 313 were cases of amebic dysentery, and of these four occurred in children under 12 years. Two of these were in my service.

At the Touro Infirmary in my service in over 3,000 children there were

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