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A METHOD FOR THE RAPID DIAGNOSIS OF DIPHTHERIA BY THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER.

FRANK M. WOOD, A.B., M.D.
JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(15):1265-1266. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220410041002b.
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The necessity for the early diagnosis of diphtheria is often painfully apparent to the general practitioner, as failure in that regard too often results in involvement of the larynx, especially in children, while this, in turn, frequently ends in the early, demise of the child. I, therefore, offer this method to the profession, with the hope that it may facilitate the diagnosis of this disease: It is necessary first to obtain agriculture from the throat or nose of the patient by means of a swab of absorbent cotton or the platinum needle. A swab which is very convenient for this purpose may be made as follows: An ordinary test-tube is sterilized in the Bunsen or alcohol flame. A wire is bent with a loop at both ends, and made just long enough to fit the tube. One end of this wire is then wound with wick asbestos in the form

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