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August 5, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(6):401-403. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510060037004

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INTRODUCTION.  During the latter part of April and May, I saw five cases of the so-called "Pfeiffer's Druesenfieber," or as Neuman called it—idiopathic swelling of the glands of the neck. All these cases lived in the same ward of the city, and several physicians told me that they had similar cases at the same time. Hence I am justified in speaking of a real epidemic of "Pfeiffer's Druesenfieber."

NARRATION OF CASES.  I shall select and describe three of my cases, and will then endeavor to draw some conclusion concerning the character, the pathology and course of this not at all well-known disease.

Case 1.  —April 6 I was called to visit a girl 12 years old. The mother told me that the child had complained of chills and headache the day before and the following morning of a pain in her throat. The evening before they had perceived a swelling

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