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December 1947

BETA HEMOLYTIC STREPTOCOCCUS PARASITISM IN INFECTIONS OF THE UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;46(6):762-772. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690020779003
Abstract

THE this study was to determine (1) the frequency of beta hemolytic streptococci in patients suffering from sore throat and (2) the response of these patients to local sulfathiazole therapy.

Though, generally speaking, these patients suffered from sore throat, they were readily divided into those who had acute exudative tonsillitis and pharyngitis, and those who had nonexudative infection of the tonsils and the pharynx, the latter condition usually ushering in a general infection of the upper respiratory tract.

The first group presents fairly characteristic signs and symptoms. The condition is characterized by the sudden onset of sore throat, which is constant and aggravated by swallowing. General malaise, headache, joint pains and usually backache are associated symptoms. The rise of body temperature ranges from 99 to 102 F. and is frequently accompanied by chills, rigors and sweating, though in milder attacks the latter symptoms may be absent. Examination of the throat

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