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January 25, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(4):253-254. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480040039006

While cases of amebic dysentery have been observed in considerable numbers in various parts of the United States, the infrequency of the disease in children accounts for the very limited data possessed regarding the disease in early life. In 1897 Holt wrote that it was then impossible to say what part the ameba coli played in the colitis of infancy and early life, and in 1898 Rotch spoke briefly of the disease as rare in children and of a very unfavorable prognosis. In a series of 35 cases reported by Harris in 1898, only 4 were under 10 years of age.

In a recent contribution to the subject of amebic dysentery in children, Samuel Amberg1 has added very much to the clinical knowledge of the disease. Besides the four cases of Harris, he refers to two others which have been observed in the United States in which the ameba

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