March 19, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(12):1003-1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730380071023

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The Control of Cerebrospinal Fever  The ministry of health has issued a report that reviews the present knowledge of cerebrospinal fever. During the past year there has been a definite increase of the disease in England and Wales. Though outbreaks described by Sydenham and others were probably due to the disease, its recognition is usually attributed to Vieusseaux of Geneva, who described an outbreak in 1805. Danielson and Mason recorded one in Massachusetts in 1806. Many epidemics have been described since, chiefly in Europe and North America, military camps and barracks being particularly affected. Excepting small outbreaks in London and Rochester in 1865 and in Bardney in 1867, England and Wales was comparatively free until the beginning of the present century. Limited outbreaks in country districts were followed in 1907 and 1908 by 1,238 cases in Glasgow, with 838 deaths, and at the same time 725 cases occurred in Belfast.

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