Volume s1-15, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The purpose of this article is to describe a case in which there is presumptive evidence of self-inoculation with through contaminated vaseline, and to report an experiment bearing on the longevity of in vaseline at room temperature.

Mr. S. P. entered a hospital in Chicago complaining of epigastric pain of indefinite duration. He also gave a history of usually passing hard stools with occasional blood.

Repeated personal examination of the stools after his admission failed to reveal any . By mistake, one stool was sent to the hospital bacteriologist who had been in the institution only a short time and who had had no previous clinical experience. She reported the finding of dead amebae. Immediately upon receiving this report the patient was isolated in a four-bed room with 3 cases of active amebic dysentery. The beds were arranged in pairs, with a small table between each two beds.


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  • Received : 09 Aug 1935
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