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February 1925

RAT-BITE FEVERA CLINICAL REVIEW WITH REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

CLEVELAND
From the Pediatric Service of St. Luke's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1925;29(2):182-190. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.04120260030003
Abstract

The clinical entity known as rat-bite fever, and first described in this country by Wilcox1 in 1840, presents an interesting group of symptoms, and, while it cannot be classed as a rarity, is, however, of comparatively infrequent occurrence in America. Most of the cases described have occurred in adults, with very little, if any, variability in symptoms. The case reported here, in an infant, aged 7 months, is, therefore, of further interest, particularly from the standpoint of the pediatrician.

REPORT OF CASE  M. De R., a girl, aged 7 months, was brought to the outpatient dispensary, Aug. 4, 1924, suffering from severe diarrhea and vomiting. She refused all food and seemed quite ill, the symptoms having persisted for four days previous to admission. Five days previously she had been bitten on the left hand by a rat. When admitted to hospital, the stools were green and watery, and the

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