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October 3, 1931

Encephalitis post Vaccinationem: Experimentelle Studie.

JAMA. 1931;97(14):1026. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730140062040

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The burden of this monograph is to establish that postvaccinial encephalitis is due to the excessive use of sodium chloride in the diet. The author was led to consider the diet in seeking to explain that postvaccinial encephalitis is not nearly so frequent in the first year of life as later: The change in the diet at about the end of the first year undoubtedly may bring with it an increased consumption of sodium chloride. He then considered the relation of sodium chloride to the skin and found that in dogs sodium chloride crowds out calcium from the skin; further, that in dogs fed with food rich in sodium chloride the vaccine virus may give rise to severe cutaneous reactions as well as to symptoms and structural changes resembling those of postvaccinial encephalitis. But how explain the fact that postvaccinial encephalitis appears to be of recent origin? May it not

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