V. J. DORSET, M.D.; J. B. SPRIGGS, M.D.
The protean clinical manifestations of amebiasis are well described in the medical literature but may be misinterpreted. Ochsner and DeBakey1 quote Craig in emphasizing the erroneous conception produced by the term "amebic dysentery." They indicate that dysenteric symptoms are characteristic of one form of infection with Endamoeba histolytica, but that many patients with amebic infection display symptoms which often are believed due to some condition other than amebiasis.
During the year 1950 there were 1,837 admissions to the U. S. Marine Hospital, Mobile, Alabama. A diagnosis of amebiasis was made in 29 of these admissions. Most of these cases of
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DORSET VJ, SPRIGGS JB. DIAGNOSTIC DIFFICULTIES RELATING TO AMEBIASIS, WITH FIVE CASE REPORTS(DIAGNOSTIC DIFFICULTIES RELATING TO AMEBIASIS, WITH FIVE CASE REPORTS*). Ann Intern Med. 1952;36:1459–1466. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-36-6-1459
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;36(6):1459-1466.
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