Brucellosis in North China: A Clinical, Etiological and Epidemiological Study

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From 1930 to 1948, when Brucella agglutination test was routinely used in Peiping Hospitals for the diagnosis of unknown fever, there were observed 20 bacteriologically proven cases. Besides, another proven case had occurred in 1926 when a bacteriologist contracted this disease, probably through contact with the cultures. There were 8 additional instances which were included in the present report because of the likely clinical findings plus definitely positive serological evidence. The important clinical features and the results of laboratory examinations of these cases were summarized. At the same time, etiological and epidemiological studies previously conducted are summarized and their significance briefly discussed. A case with spondylitis and bilateral olecranon bursitus was reported in extenso because of its apparent unusual occurrence.

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Special student from National Peking University Medical School.