LEWIS W. WANNAMAKER, M.D.
Not since the sudden emergence of Legionnaires' disease has a seemingly new clinical entity aroused such widespread national interest and anxiety as toxic shock syndrome. The importance of the problem stems not so much from the number of definite cases reported (1), fewer than 2000, but from the recognition that the syndrome is a rare but often serious illness with a special affinity for young women, one that not only threatens their lives but also raises new considerations about an important aspect of their life-style—the use of tampons during menstruation. The prominence of toxic shock syndrome has been enhanced by
WANNAMAKER LW. Toxic Shock: Problems in Definition and Diagnosis of a New Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;96:775–777. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-6-775
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(6_part_1):775-777.
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