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December 7, 1901

TEN CASES OF INFECTIOUS MULTIPLE NEURITIS, WITH TWO DEATHS.

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MINNEAPOLIS.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(23):1529-1532. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470490027001h
Abstract

From the 15th of February to the 15th of March, 1901, there was an unusual series of cases of multiple neuritis in the city of Minneapolis. As near as I can learn there were probably from twelve to fourteen cases under observation, ten of which it was my fortune to see. This series includes the general types, but does not consider the forms of neuritis involving one extremity only, of which there were several.

The onset of the disease, as well as its occurrence at a time when influenza was epidemic and when other diseases of irregular type were prevalent in the city, suggests that the influenza bacillus was responsible for cases of neuritis, especially as six of the ten occurred within one week and three or four of the six within two days. During this period the number of deaths resulting from typhoid fever was greater than former health

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