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August 10, 1912

A VIRULENT CASE OF EPIDEMIC CEREBROSPINAL MENINGITIS; FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY CUBIC CENTIMETERS OF SERUM ADMINISTERED; RECOVERY

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Shreveport, LA. City Health Officer

JAMA. 1912;LIX(6):444-445. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080126021

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Abstract

The following case of epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis, which occurred in Shreveport during the late outbreak of the disease, is remarkable for the unusual amount of serum administered end the complete recovery in spite of the almost hopeless condition of the patient at several different times during the progress of the disease.

C. P., aged 17, school boy, had a severe chill on the night of February 27. I was called in on the morning of the 28th, when he was suffering from severe headache (frontal), backache and persistent vomiting. I considered the case suspicious of meningitis, though, in the absence of rigidity, I did not feel justified in making a puncture. I saw him, again, early in the afternoon, when I noted undoubted evidences of the disease—the pain in the head, which stubbornly refused to be relieved in spite of large doses of morphin and thorough purgation, rigidity

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