Recent studies1 in the serum treatment of erysipelas have caused a renewed interest in the natural history of the disease. A proper evaluation of the results of specific therapy requires familiarity with the course of a representative series of untreated cases. In order, therefore, to obtain such a perspective of the disease the case histories of patients with facial erysipelas cared for at the Massachusetts General Hospital from the year 1870 through 1927 have been analyzed according to the following categories:
Annual, monthly, sex and age incidence.
Incidence among the hospital personnel and evidences of cross-infection.
The division of patients into those admitted to the hospital with facial erysipelas and those whose facial erysipelas developed after entry.
Duration of the disease.
Types of fever.
The relation of the day of diagnosis to that of the onset of fever.
The death rate as influenced by coincident disease, sex,