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October 4, 1902

DIPHTHERIA AS A COMPLICATION OF SCARLET FEVER.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(14):844-845. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480400038005
Abstract

It is not always an easy matter to distinguish the sore throat of scarlet fever from that of diphtheria, and it is only since the discovery of the diphtheria bacillus that it has become possible to makethis differentiation with absolute certainty. The difficulty of the situation is not a little increased by the fact that occasionally the two diseases are associated in the same person. At times, under such circumstances, bacteriologic examination has disclosed the presence of bacilli morphologically, tinctorially and culturally corresponding with diphtheria bacilli, but hitherto their identity has not been unequivocally established by inoculation experiments.

A study along these lines has been undertaken by Dr. J. A. Schabad,1 who finds as a result of his observations that diphtheria is observed as a complication of scarlet fever, not only during convalescence from the latter disease, but also at its height, and even at its beginning. In order

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