The following case is reported, firstly, because, as far as could be ascertained, it is the first case of psittacosis in New York City in which the diagnosis was confirmed both by bacteriologic and by postmortem examination, and secondly, because the case permitted of studies on the changes in the spinal cord.
REPORT OF CASE
B. H., aged 51, a white woman, Jewish, a housewife, was admitted to the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn to the private service of Dr. Meyer Rabinowitz on Feb. 5, 1931. The chief complaints were chills and fever for the last two days and pain in the back for the last four days.
—About a week before admission the patient was seized with intermittent chills. A physician was called and diagnosed her condition as "grip." The following day the patient felt improved, but three days later she developed signs of pneumonia and was taken
POLAYES SH, LEDERER M. PSITTACOSIS: WITH RESULTS OF POSTMORTEM EXAMINATION IN A CASE INCLUDING STUDIES OF THE SPINAL CORD. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;49(2):253–269. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150090083010
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