Volume s1-9, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In reviewing the literature on the occurrence of endemic amebic dysentery in the city of New York, we find that very little work has been done on this subject since the careful study of Dr. H. S. Patterson in 1909–1910.

At that time Dr. Patterson reported 3 cases where the infection had undoubtedly occurred in New York City or its environs. New York physicians were under the general impression then that intestinal amebiasis was expected only in persons recently returned from the tropics.

As far back as 1893 Brannon reported the case of an inhabitant of New York with nothing in the history to indicate that he was infected outside of New York.

In 1900 at a meeting of the Academy of Medicine, Graser reported 2 endemic cases, and at the same meeting in commenting on a series of 12 cases in his own experience, Brooks stated that 2 of them were certainly infected in New York.


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