The use of anti-influenzal serum with complement offers a hopeful method for the treatment of influenzal meningitis, a disease which has a high mortality. Neal, Jackson and Applebaum1 listed thirty-five reported cases of recovery up to February 1934, including four cases of their own. Eight of the patients received anti-influenzal serum. The recovery in four of the eight cases could not be ascribed to the use of the serum. Three more cases of recovery,2 not listed by Neal and her associates, were reported in the literature prior to 1934. Since February 1934, there have been five more recoveries,3 including the one reported here. Of the eight patients, only two (Rittenberg's3b and mine) received anti-influenzal serum. For both, complement4 was used with the serum. Repeated spinal taps and other nonspecific measures were used in most of the cases of recovery reported.
REPORT OF A CASE
SPEKTER L. INFLUENZAL MENINGITIS WITH RECOVERYUSE OF ANTI-INFLUENZAL SERUM. Am J Dis Child. 1936;51(3):614–617. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.01970150118010