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Poisonous Spider Bites: Newer Developments in Our Knowledge of Arachnidism

Ann Intern Med. 1932;6(3):375-388. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-6-3-375
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INCIDENCE OF ARACHNIDISM: Although poisoning resulting from the bite of a spider has been recognized from the earliest times, and instances were noted in this country more than two hundred years ago,136 a review of the literature made in 1926 disclosed a remarkable amount of skepticism as to the real existence and seriousness of this condition. At that time more than one hundred and fifty cases of spider bite poisoning reported by more than thirty different observers in the United States were reviewed, fifteen cases studied at the Los Angeles General Hospital were presented, the clinical syndrome was described at


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