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January 4, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(1):36-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480010040004

The interest in dysentery has received new impetus through the discovery by Thiga, of Japan, that one form of dysentery is caused by a bacillus of the colon-typhoid group. Investigators both in this country and elsewhere are now busy in studying the relations of this bacillus to the dysenteries observed from time to time in various places. The special form of dysentery known as amebic seems to be a distinct and definite disease. Its chronic course; the characteristic ulcers in the large intestine that result from a peculiar colliquative necrosis principally in the submucosa associated with the presence of a large number of amebæ in the tissues; the formation of peculiar secondary necroses with softening in the liver resulting in the so-called amebic abscess, are features that stamp the disease as sui generis. The failure to obtain the ameba in pure culture and to produce therewith experimental amebic dysentery in