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Erysipeloid, an acute inflammatory affection of the skin, described by J. Rosenbach, is a disease of the skin not often recognized. It is usually mistaken for erysipelas. The parasite was described by Rosenbach more than ten years ago, but it has never been classified. Attempts to cultivate it have failed so far. This disease is met with usually among persons engaged in the handling of fish and meat, that is, cooks and butchers. It is attended by very slight constitutional disturbances and its local progression is slow as compared with erysipelas. The starting point is generally a finger, where infection takes place through slight surface defects or a puncture. It consists, pathologically speaking, of a subacute inflammation of the lymphatic channels of the skin. The affected skin presents a bluish color instead of the bright red seen in erysipelas. Another and perhaps more important characteristic sign in the differentiation
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