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Toxic Shock Syndrome: The Emerging Picture

KATHRYN N. SHANDS, M.D.; BRUCE B. DAN, M.D.; and GEORGE P. SCHMID, M.D.
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Toxic Shock Syndrome Task Force, Bacterial Diseases Division; Centers for Disease Control; Atlanta, Georgia


Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(2):264-266. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-94-2-264
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Nature, in the production of disease, is uniform and consistent, so much so that for the same disease in different persons the symptoms are for the most part the same—Thomas Sydenham

A little more than a year has passed since Andrew Dean, the Minnesota State Epidemiologist, first notified the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of five cases of an unusual illness that had occurred in previously healthy young women in his state. Dr. Dean recognized this illness as the same disease described by Todd and associates in a 1978 Lancet article, "Toxic-Shock Syndrome Associated with Phage Group I Staphylococci" (1).

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