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July 1920

RECOVERY FROM TUBERCULOUS MENINGITIS AFTER TREATMENT WITH INTRASPINAL INJECTIONS OF ANTIMENINGOCOCCIC SERUM

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From Medical A Service, St. Luke's Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1920;26(1):49-59. doi:10.1001/archinte.1920.00100010052004
Abstract

The treatment of tuberculous meningitis has always been more or less haphazard, largely symptomatic, and entered upon by the clinician with very little enthusiasm and with even less hope of success because of the very general opinion of the uniform fatality of the disease. It has been possible, however, to collect from the literature about forty cases of unquestionable tuberculous meningitis terminating in recovery, and we wish to report four cases of the disease which have terminated in recovery.

It will not be within the scope of this paper to review the literature of recoveries from tuberculous meningitis, as this has been most admirably done by Alfred E. Martin1 in 1909. His critical survey of the reports on such cases up to that date show that of thirteen cases with remission, varying from four months to five years, and terminating in death, only eight were undoubted cases of tuberculous meningitis;

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