Abstract:The first case of this novel disease which I saw I mistook for influenza, and the second for diphtheria. I have seen it mistaken for mumps, for follicular tonsillitis, and for rheumatisn. I know of at least fifteen towns in which this curious disease has gained a foothold, and there must be many more in which it exists, but is not yet recognized. Where it gains a footing it spreads like influenza.-I am, etc., 'July 6th.
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