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July 2, 1904

DYSENTERY.A REPORT OF SEVERAL CASES IN WHICH BACILLUS DYSENTERIÆ (SHIGA) WAS FOUND IN WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(1):12-14. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500010002b
Abstract

With the idea of obtaining some knowledge, profitable at least to myself, and of passing the summer with some interesting problem, I undertook to find out last summer if the Bacillus dysenteriœ (Shiga) is to be found in Washington.1 At first the plan was to confine the work to infants, but as such cases proved hard to obtain, and as others presented themselves, this report includes not only babies, but also adults with a history of residence in Washington, and others—soldiers lately returned from the Philippines.

MATERIAL.  A few words regarding the material Washington afforded last summer may not be amiss. I was assured by both the medical profession and the laity that dysentery would be plentiful; that there were always innumerable cases during July and August, and that the dispensaries were overrun with them. It was said that the hot weather would develop the cases quickly, but

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