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September 8, 1934

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JAMA. 1934;103(10):758-759. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750360034018

EPIDEMIC ENCEPHALITIS  The symposium on epidemic encephalitis appearing in The Journal this week (pp. 726-735) and to be concluded in the next issue is an exceptional account of an unusual type of epidemic encephalitis. The St. Louis epidemic of 1933 in many respects was unlike the infectious encephalitis that has prevailed in other sections of the United States in recent years and which had come to be known as the von Economo type. In fact, the exact nature of this outbreak was not recognized until after the opportunity had presented itself to perform the first necropsy. The closest precedent for the St. Louis outbreak was an epidemic of thirty-eight cases that occurred in the summer of 1932 in Paris, Ill. There was much similarity also to the type of disease in the great epidemic that occurred in Japan in 1924. The St. Louis epidemic has the distinction, Neal says, of

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