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September 16, 1905

SYMPTOMS, DIAGNOSIS AND PROGNOSIS OF UNCOMPLICATED INTESTINAL AMEBIASIS IN THE TROPICS.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(12):830-837. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510120014001c
Abstract

SYMPTOMATOLOGY.  The symptomatology of amebiasis varies more than is generally taught and it seems desirable that this more comprehensive clinical picture be taken up more in detail, calling particular attention to the early diagnosis of the disease and to some of the peculiarities of the milder forms.In discussing this question, writers have generally divided the cases into groups according to the clinical manifestation which, as clinical conveniences, answer the purpose and are fairly uniform. Osler considers it under the headings acute and chronic. Harris divided the disease into very mild forms, moderately severe cases and very severe ones. Lafleur and Futcher divide them into grave and gangrenous forms, those of moderate intensity and chronic ones.I shall discuss the subject under the following convenient clinical divisions:

  1. Latent and masked infections.

  2. Mild and moderately severe ones.

  3. Severe cases, including gangrenous and diphtheritic ones.

  4. Infection in children and in the aged.

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