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March 3, 1900

A CLINICAL STUDY OF 450 CASES OF SCARLET FEVER.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(9):536-539. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610090022001h
Abstract

In presenting this study of scarlet fever, I have limited it to those cases occurring in children under 12 years old, attended in the tenement houses of the East Side in New York City, an overcrowded district containing chiefly a foreign population, in sanitary surroundings varying from moderately good to very bad. The nursing has been of a most varied character, from that of an intelligent mother to that of a drunken woman.

No patient has been considered who did not present the typical physical symptoms of a well-marked scarlet fever, and none that was not seen during the period of eruption and attended until convalescence or death. Each presented the symptoms of redness of the fauces, a definite eruption of red pin points scarlet in color, very close to each other, with a general appearance of a diffuse redness—this followed by desquamation, and the disease accompanied by fever.

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