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May 1920

THE CURATIVE INFLUENCE OF INFLUENZA IN A CASE OF SPECIFIC MENINGOMYELITIS WITH CYSTITIS

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch NeurPsych. 1920;3(5):536-539. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1920.02180170075005
Abstract

In the older books on medicine, written in what we moderns like to call, perhaps not quite accurately, the prescientific age—before students had become slaves to instruments of precision, when increase of knowledge came only by sharper observation, when chemistry was still alchemy and physiologic chemistry was yet unknown, and when comparative pathology was impossible because the human mind, held in the fetters of religious myth, could not conceive that disease is the same in man and animals—there are many references to the fact that sufferers from certain diseases are immune to certain others. Thus, e. g., victims of gout were well known to be immune to certain other disorders. More or less fantastic hypotheses were called in to explain the phenomenon and, after a time of active interest, there followed a long period in which little or no attention was paid to the matter. Still

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