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ACUTE GLANDULAR FEVER OF PFEIFFER:  REPORT OF A NURSERY EPIDEMIC

CLARA M. DAVIS, M.D.
JAMA. 1929;92(17):1417-1418. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700430019007.
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During the latter half of November, 1928, there occurred at the Santa Chiara Nursery in Chicago an epidemic of acute glandular swelling which affected every infant in the nursery and conformed in all particulars to the syndrome described by Pfeiffer1 and others2 under the name of acute glandular fever.

Acute swelling of cervical glands has apparently been of uncommon frequency in Chicago this winter, and numerous cases of the type described by Pfeiffer have been seen by various observers in both private and dispensary practice. Many more have doubtless been regarded as the simple noncontagious acute cervical adenitis consequent on colds or influenza by those whose attention has not been previously called to the rather scanty literature on the subject.

Nothing is known as to the source of infection or contagion in this nursery epidemic. The nursery, which is maintained for experimental feeding purposes, is a small one

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