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October 29, 1898

GASTRO-INTESTINAL CHOLERIFORM CATARRH.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(18):1028-1030. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450180022001h

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Abstract

Of the various titles, as cholera infantum, infectious diarrhea, choleriform diarrhea, summer diarrhea, summer complaint, acute mycotic diarrhea, by which this disease is known, none are as expressive as gastrointestinal choleriform catarrh, for none designate as much at the outset, of the extent and character of its manifestations or variety of its action; summer complaint and summer diarrhea especially should not be used, they being indefinite and meaningless. The tendency of giving a number of names to a single disease should be overcome; be simple and comprehensive so no misunderstanding will be possible; avoid a variety of synonyms; they are confusing to physicians in general, who have not this knowledge at their command—knowledge which is tedious and unnecessary, and often leading to serious mistakes.

Gastro-intestinal choleriform catarrh, while not of common occurrence compared to other diarrheal disorders, is relatively frequent in children under 2 years of age; is of short

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