In the management of measles one may have to deal with (1) the prevention or modification of a threatened attack in exposed, susceptible patients; (2) the treatment of developed, uncomplicated cases and the utmost prevention of complications, or (3) the treatment of established complications. The angle of approach differs somewhat in (a) a contagious disease hospital; (b) a general hospital, especially the pediatric wards, and (c) a home.
The problem of handling exposed susceptible patients arises mainly in the general hospital and the home. I may go a step farther back and speak for a moment of the prevention of exposure. This matter is of great importance in the age group under 5 years. The great mortality of measles lies here (tables 1 and 2).
PREVENTION OF EXPOSURE
There is little hope of preventing exposure in the great majority of homes for some time to come; the "danger group," as
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