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June 26, 1897

THE STREPTOCOCCUS PYOGENES THE CAUSE OF DIPHTHERITIC CONJUNCTIVITIS IN A CASE OF MEASLES.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(26):1221-1222. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440260015001e

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Abstract

INTERNE IN THE COOK COUNTY HOSPITAL, CHICAGO.  The following case is thought to merit a somewhat complete report because it was diagnosed clinically as true diphtheria of the conjunctiva, by Dr. Cassius Wescott on the strength of the macroscopic appearance of the eye, whereas the microscopic examination demonstrated the absence of the diphtheria bacilli and the presence of the streptococcus pyogenes in short chains, not only in the eye but in the blood and various organs.The case occurred in a boy three years old. The patient had been living at "The Home of the Friendless" from which a number of patients with measles had been brought to the Cook Country Hospital into the service of Dr. W. L. Baum. The patient had been sick three days before admission, complaining of sore throat, headache, slight coryza and had vomited once.On examination the body was found well nourished, eyes with

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