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CARE OF SCARLET FEVER PATIENTS

MILLS STURTEVANT, M.D.
JAMA. 1912;LIX(8):615-618. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080297009.
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At present there is no generally accepted treatment for scarlet fever. It is a self-limited disease and nothing that we now know will shorten its course or abate its severity. Our work consists in the prevention of complications as far as is in our power and in so assisting Nature in her efforts at repair as to make convalescence as rapid as possible and recovery complete. Such is the number of possible complications and the scope of care desirable that an anatomic division has seemed a logical method of presentation of treatment. Therefore after a brief discussion of diet, the untoward possibilities will be taken up in this way rather in the order of frequency.

DIET  As long as the patient has a temperature above normal, the diet consists entirely of water, milk and malted milk or milk-sugar. This diet is also adhered to when the febrile albuminuria persists as

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