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July 1932

News and Comment

Am J Dis Child. 1932;44(1):186-187. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950080196022

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GENERAL NEWS  The Report of the Encephalitis Committee in Holland.—In 1927, when encephalitis postvaccinalis occurred in alarming frequency in Holland, the law which decreed compulsory vaccination was temporarily not enforced, and a committee was appointed to study the cause of this complication and the ways to combat it. This committee has now published a report on its activities, which contains the whole story concerning encephalitis postvaccinalis. Several hypotheses have been investigated, but no solution for the problem has been found. The report is interesting in many respects, especially since different possibilities have been extensively examined and several facts revealed. There appears to exist no relation between the neurotropism for the vaccine used and the occurrence of complications in the brain. Encephalitis postvaccinalis occurred with all kinds of lymph; however, it occurred more frequently with one kind than with another, and it could not be discovered whether this was also

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