In presenting this paper it is not my intention to give a detailed description of the germ discovered by me, nor to enter into a discussion of its cultural characteristics, etc., as these are things that do not interest the clinician to the same extent that they do the bacteriologist. What I will attempt to bring forward is the clinical aspect of the finding, its value in diagnosing scarlatina, and also, briefly, my reasons for believing that the diplococcus scarlatinæ is the specific causative factor of the disease under consideration. I have examined cultures taken from the throats of more than three hundred patients with scarlet fever and scarlatinous sore throat. Of 300 of these, a brief record was made; 212 were cases of what is generally called scarlet fever, i. e., a fever accompanied by a more or less distinct eruption consisting of small red spots, separated at first,
CLASS WJ. SCARLATINA: SCARLATINOUS SORE THROAT. A SYNOPSIS OF THREE HUNDRED CASES SHOWING THE PRESENCE OF THE DIPLOCOCCUS SCARLATINAE. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(8):476–478. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610080028001j
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