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February 25, 1893

THE AMŒBA COLI: ITS RELATION TO DYSENTERY AND TROPICAL SUPPURATIVE HEPATITIS.

JAMA. 1893;XX(8):221. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420350027007

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Abstract

In the Indian Medical Gazette, for November, 1892. Surgeon-Captain Patrick Hehir, of Hyderabad, gives the results of some of his studies on the organisms found in tropical dysentery and hepatic abscess. He is particularly fortunate in being located in a region in which these affections are very prevalent. As causes of the epidemic of dysentary which he observed he mentions 1. The amœba coli; 2. Malaria; 3. Exposure to sudden vicissitudes of temperature; 4. Putrefaction of animal matter, especially that of human ordure; 6. Infection from other cases of dysentery; 6. Mechanical and other engorgement; and 8, Bacillus dysentericus. In the evacuation of dysenteric patients the amœba coli was found frequently, but not invariably; and it was also found in other bowel affections, as the mucus enteritis of infants, simple diarrhœa, and in some cases of catarrhal inflammation of the rectum, due to engorgement. The bacillus dysentericus found by Hehir

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