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Case Reports
July 1939

DIAGNOSIS OF TRICHINOSIS

Author Affiliations

MADISON, N. J.; MORRISTOWN, N. J.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(1):129-130. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990070141013
Abstract

The high incidence of trichinosis has been stressed in recent literature,1 so that most clinicians are on the lookout for this disease. The number of reported cases in New Jersey for the past five years is given in the following tabulation:

Year No. of Cases 1933 49 1934 41 1935 12 1936 13 1937 13

Trichinosis was first discovered in man by Owen in 1840. From then until 1909 considerable work was done to determine the method by which the larvae migrated from the intestine to the striped muscle. Herrick and Janeway were the first to report finding the larvae in the blood stream of a patient with trichinosis and to prove definitely the method of migration. In their original paper2 they expressed the hope that this method would prove useful in diagnosing the disease.

In the 3 cases here reported the larvae were found in the blood

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