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October 13, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(15):1171-1174. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210150027001f

INTRODUCTION.  It is a well established fact that streptococci are constantly found in great abundance on the tonsils of scarlet fever patients. This was shown very clearly by the investigations of Weaver, Baginsky and Sommerfeld, Charlton, Charbade, Booker, Taugl, Klein, Kurth and others. It is also well known that these organisms are frequently found on the tonsils of healthy persons, although not in such great abundance as on the tonsils of scarlet fever patients. Hilbert, Tunnicliff, Dungern, Schweighofer and Widal and Bezancon state that they found them in all normal throats which they examined. Others, however, did not find them so constantly. Black found them on only 30 per cent. of the normal tonsils which he examined. Netter found them in 5.5 per cent.; Kurth in 8 per cent.; Podbielsky in 2 per cent. and Dornberger in 45 per cent. of the normal throats examined by them. In most of