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June 3, 1911

REPORT OF A CASE OF TERTIAN MALARIA, SIMULATING APPENDICITIS

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CRESCENT CITY, FLA.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(22):1639. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560220015005

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Abstract

My purpose in reporting the following case is to urge on all practitioners in malarious districts the necessity for the examination of the blood for the malarial parasite, and the value of the procedure as a routine measure. The process of taking a smear, staining, and mounting is a simple matter occupying a very short time. Very often, as in the following case, but a few minutes' examination under the microscope is sufficient to reveal the parasite, where very possibly its existence was considered unlikely. Following such a finding, consideration can then be given the significance of the presence of the parasites, and whether or not they are responsible for the clinical symptoms, not forgetting that in all malarious sections the parasites may be but coincident with other pathologic conditions.

P. L., white, aged 34, a carpenter, unmarried, was suddenly seized with a severe pain in the abdomen at 6

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