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FATALITY RATES IN THE TREATMENT OF 998 ERYSIPELAS PATIENTS:  THE INFLUENCE OF SULFANILAMIDE

ARCHIBALD L. HOYNE, M.D.; A. ALVIN WOLF, M.D.; LEONA PRIM, R.N.
JAMA. 1939;113(26):2279-2281. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800510001001.
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Hippocrates gave a fair description of erysipelas and Galen more closely defined it. Since then various forms of treatment have been as numerous as the centuries that have elapsed. That this disease cannot be ignored as a cause of death is shown in table 1. It may be noted that for the first year of the quinquennium, with 196 patients, the fatality rate was 17.3 per cent, whereas in 1938 among 141 patients the death rate was only 2.1 per cent. Even the last named figure, which includes those of all ages, is of sufficient significance to view with alarm patients in the two extremes of life when the death rates are highest. Surgical patients and those suffering from chronic diseases or conditions in which malnutrition is an important factor are also serious, because in such groups fatality rates are often very high. It is for these reasons that we

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