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ANTIBIOTICS IN MANAGEMENT OF AMEBIASIS

Gordon McHardy, M.D.; William W. Frye, M.D., Ph.D.
JAMA. 1954;154(8):646-651. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940420008003.
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The comprehensive management of amebiasis includes supportive therapy, prophylactic measures, and the proper administration of applicable amebacides. This treatise does not include methodical discussion of the factors involved in general patient care. Severity of the diarrheal stage or of the complications may necessitate bed confinement and hospitalization. Dietotherapy during the acute stages may be restricted to frequent small feedings of bland liquids. The therapeutic response and less austere aspects of the disease permit progression through bland diets to a relatively normal low residue nutritious regimen. Chronic mild and asymptomatic phases dictate only nutritional requirements. Abstinence from use of certain substances has been advocated, including alcohol,1 defatted hog gastric tissue (ventriculin),2 and certain food substances.3

The clinician's contribution to the prophylaxis of amebiasis is restricted to the direction and treatment of persons with parasites. An aggressive attitude inestimably aids the public health officer, whose problem is prevention of

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