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May 5, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(18):676. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420970030005

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The occurrence of chickenpox in adults is so rare an occurrence, that there are many practitioners who have never seen a case of that nature beyond the age of puberty. The Lancet, of March 10, contains a reported case, contributed by Dr. Malcolm Margave, together with some editorial comments. The case is given as follows:

" I recently attended a family in which three children had well-marked chickenpox infection conveyed by the mother, who had visited a friend whose child was convalescent from the same complaint. The mother, aged 31, had a slight rise of temperature, 100 degrees F., and vesicles appeared on the chest, back and abdomen, with a few on the face. Subsequently they came out in a succession of crops and quickly scabbed over. Beyond the slight rise of temperature and headache there were no other constitutional symptoms. My excuse for troubling you is that I read in

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