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September 1924


Author Affiliations

From the Albert Kuppenheimer Fund of the Michael Reese Hospital and the Nelson Morris Memorial Institute for Medical Research.

Am J Dis Child. 1924;28(3):344-359. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1924.04120210081008

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS  Stimson1 reviews the general features of measles stating that, except in extraordinary circumstances such as prevail in army cantonments with large numbers of susceptible adults, measles is more serious the younger the patient. The prodromal state is highly infectious, the virus has been shown to be present in the catarrhal discharges, also in the blood, and probably is not airborne. The time sequence of the typical symptoms is described, and the statistics show that the number of measles cases exceeds by one-third the total number of cases of all other contagious diseases. Complications described include catarrhal laryngitis (considered by Nobecourt, Grisogono and others to be far more common than previously supposed), bronchial pneumonia and purulent otitis media.Practical points in the management of epidemics in civil communities are set down by Rowell2 in an account of a measles epidemic in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Public opinion; prompt

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