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June 15, 1929


JAMA. 1929;92(24):2039. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700500051024

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Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinderheilkunde 

NONPURULENT ENCEPHALITIS IN CHILDREN  The next communications dealt with nonpurulent encephalitis in children, the etiology of the condition being treated by Professor Dörr of Basel. In the search for the virus, one makes use of the method of inoculating various animals. The causative agent is not transferable in every stage of the disease. Often a virus is infectious only for one or two animal species; in other cases it is infectious for several species. One must assume that in encephalitis the portal of entry of the virus is frequently the nasal mucosa. Degeneration of the nerves must be regarded as an immediate effect of the infection, while neuroglia proliferation may be considered to be an inflammatory defense. The disease and the changes produced thereby may continue, even though the irritation may have ceased owing to the death of the

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