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July 1929

Report of an Inquiry into the After-Histories of Persons Attacked by Encephalitis Lethargica.

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;22(1):185-186. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02220010188018

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This is a study of the late results in encephalitis, based on vital statistics, hospital records, reports of local health boards and units of experimental encephalitis in England from 1919 to 1927. It supplements two reports previously published.

There have been approximately 16,000 cases notified, with 7,500 deaths, but the author believes that this represents only from 60 to 75 per cent of the actual number of cases. The monograph, with a large number of tables, indicates on a large scale the public health aspect of the disease and its epidemiologic character to some extent, but lays chief emphasis on the fate of persons who have been attacked by the disease. It would appear from the gross figures that "if one hundred cases are investigated, say, three years after the primary illness, the average findings will be as follows: patients who have survived without serious consequences, 25; patients who have

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