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This lesion occurred in a seaman, aged 24, native of Denmark, who was admitted to the U. S. Marine-Hospital, Chicago, August 22, 1899.
The patient gave a history of having had chills and fever while serving in the Spanish-American war, and presented a malarial cachexia.
The day before admission he was struck on the inner side of the left leg by a piece of lumber, producing a slight abrasion of the skin. The following night, and again the next day, he had a severe chill, followed by fever—39 C.—and intense headache. On examination, no bad effects were apparent, excepting a slight contusion at the point of injury; a continuous high temperature and accelerated pulse led to the suspicion of pus infection, which subsequently proved to be the case.
The patient soon complained of pain, and the examination showed indications of the infective process. A free incision was made in the
SAWTELLE HW. CELLULITIS SUCCEEDING CONTUSION OF LEG—EXTENSIVE SLOUGHING—SKIN GRAFTING—RECOVERY. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(15):950. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620410034001k
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