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March 1924

TWO CASES OF ACUTE EPIDEMIC ENCEPHALITIS OCCURRING IN ONE FAMILY

Author Affiliations

Director, Neuropsychiatric Department, Philadelphia General Hospital PHILADELPHIA
From the Neuropsychiatric Clinic, Philadelphia General Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1924;27(3):230-232. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1924.01920090035004
Abstract

Since the beginning of the epidemic of acute encephalitis, many articles have been written regarding the question of contagion in this protean disease. Netter,1 Stern,2 Flexner,3 Stiefler,4 Wechsler,5 Guillian and Lechelle,6 de Laroche,7 Lévy,8 Fyfe,9 Lemierre10 and, recently, Hunt,11 in a report of the 1923 New York epidemic, have contributed case reports to the literature or have summarized a large number of cases in which the element of contagion is freely discussed. This question is a very important one in the hospital management of the disease. The object of this paper is to report two cases of acute epidemic encephalitis occurring in one family. The fact that both of these cases developed under very poor hygienic conditions in which a family of five were living in the same room must be considered. All five members of the family were

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