KONRAD E. BIRKHAUG
The clinical history of erysipelas, when studied in combination with the pathological and bacteriological investigations expended on this disease, embraces almost every stage in the evolutionary progress of the art and science of medicine. Although the written history of this disease bridges the span of time from Hippocrates (about 430 B.C.) to the present moment, nevertheless, it is only sixty years ago that Vulpian (1868) accurately described the histopathological picture and that Nepveu (1870) suggested in positive terms the parasitical nature of erysipelas.
In his "Epidemion" Book III, Hippocrates made the first written record of an epidemic of erysipelas, in
BIRKHAUG KE. The Etiology of Erysipelas1. Ann Intern Med. 1928;2:524–530. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-2-6-524
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