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November 7, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(19):731-732. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410970029002

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In the New York Medical Journal, September 19, is reported a case of trichinosis treated by Fowler's solution of arsenic, with recovery. The reporter is Dr. W. H. Merrill, of Pepperell, Massachusetts, and the patient was an inmate of the Ward's Island Hospital, an Italian immigrant aged twenty-five years. The cause of the disease was believed to be the ingestion of Bologna sausage, which took place about twenty days before the admission to hospital; the partaking of the sausage in this instance, more than any other former ones, was emphasized by the fact that the man was made unwell by it; he had vomiting, diarrhœa, anorexia and gastric pain, also later some hoarseness and cough. At the time of admission, the muscular and articular symptoms strongly favored the diagnosis of trichinosis, which was confired on the second day by the harpooning of a muscular specimen from the patient's right biceps.

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