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November 9, 1889

SUMMER DIARRHŒA AND DYSENTERY IN CHILDREN.Read by title in the Section of Diseases of Children at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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OF ST. LOUIS MO.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(19):663-665. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401150013001b

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Abstract

Before I commence to read my paper I will ask your patience and indulgence if I wander some what from the title. I think the propriety of the digression will be apparent before I conclude.

During the summer months you are all aware of the prevalence of diarrhœa, dysentery and disturbances of the gastro-intestinal canal. I will not take up your time in giving definitions of the terms, or in detailing the pathological and physiological changes which occur in the digestive organs in these diseases, as you will find these stated much better in your text-books than I can describe them to you. What are its causes? Atmospheric changes, heat, rainy and sultry weather, warm during the day and cold at night, impure air and water, insufficient clothing, a badly nourished, fretful and overworked mother or wet-nurse, imprudence on the part of the mother or wet-nurse in the selection of

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