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THE VOMITING DISEASE

JOSEPH I. WARING, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1942;64(3):482-484. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010090084009.
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In the winter of 1941 and again in 1942 there occurred in Charleston, S. C., an epidemic of the disease described by Zahorsky1 as "the winter vomiting disease," or hyperemesis hiemis. Since medical literature takes small notice of this condition and since Zahorsky's contention that this is a specific disease seems to be correct, it is thought worth while to describe briefly the character of the disease as observed in Charleston.

The disease is not of a serious nature in that there is apparently no mortality associated with it, but it can be very depleting and the source of much anxiety for a few days. Except Zahorsky, Brennemann2 appears to be the only writer whose works are available who has described such a condition. He says, "There are, however, epidemics of vomiting, with or without abdominal discomfort and some diarrhea, that are practically afebrile and offer no tangible

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