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May 25, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(21):1763-1777. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220470031003c

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This paper is designed simply to put on record a very striking example of phagocytosis observed in a case clinically diagnosed as influenza. We regret that the data are incomplete, but the phenomenon was not discovered in time for more complete observation.

History.  —On the evening of Feb. 23, 1907, one of the workers in the laboratory was taken ill with a slight fever, headache, coryza, sore throat, cough, muscular pains, and mental depression. No physical or microscopic examination was made. The patient, a man, received no treatment, except a restricted diet, rest in bed, and frequent hot baths. The illness was regarded as a fairly severe case of influenza, an epidemic of which was prevalent at the time. Twenty-four hours later one of his tonsils became slightly involved, and discharged a necrotic mass, but at no time was the tonsil painful or swollen. The fever continued till the evening

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