HERBERT L. MARTIN, M.D.; FLETCHER MCDOWELL, M.D.
Recurrent tetanus has been described infrequently. In a review of the literature through 1940 Vener and Bower1 were able to find only six cases, including the one reported by them at that time. However, Mobius2 more recently was able to find reports of 54 cases in the German and French literature. A probable site of reinfection was established in 29 of these patients, all of whom had had an asymptomatic interval of weeks, months or years. Many of the remaining 25 patients, some of whom had had short asymptomatic periods, may have suffered relapse of tetanus rather than recurrent tetanus.
MARTIN HL, MCDOWELL F. RECURRENT TETANUS: REPORT OF A CASE(RECURRENT TETANUS: REPORT OF A CASE*). Ann Intern Med. 1954;41:159–163. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-1-159
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;41(1):159-163.
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