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May 22, 1897

FATAL LEPTO-MENINGITIS DUE TO ENDOMETRITIS ORIGINATING FROM THE DIPLOCOCCUS PNEUMONIÆ.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF PATHOLOGY AND BACTERIOLOGY, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY. NASHVILLE, TENN.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(21):975-976. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440210017002d

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Abstract

A few days since I had an opportunity to perform an autopsy especially interesting through its unexpected outcome. Autopsies are difficult to obtain in this region, und this one was obtained because of the well-known suspiciousness and ignorance of the negroes. Several weeks since I was permitted to hold one on the body of a woman simply because she was supposed to have been "hoodooed" to death.

In this case I was informed by the decedent's roommate that "the lady next door had sold them five cents worth of dumplin's an' I aint sayin' she was poisoned but she said 'Oh Sallie, I'm poisoned, I knows I is,' an' I ate the dumplin's too but they didn't hurt me an' I wants you to fin' out all about it, I does." Though, under the circumstances, it was impossible to get any consecutive and clear history of the case, this is

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