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January 16, 1932

Encephalitis Lethargica, Its Sequelae and Treatment.

JAMA. 1932;98(3):255. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730290071039

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In testimony of the exellence of this volume, little more is needed than the name of its author. To von Economo belongs the credit for the recognition of epidemic encephalitis as a disease entity, and his subsequent works on the subject are now historical, in spite of the brief period that has elapsed. The book gives an admirable account of all phases of the disease, in both its acute and its chronic forms, and though there is some dogmatism there are extensive references to the work of others: a bibliographic tabulation covers nearly twenty pages. The literature on this disease is so large, however, that even this does not nearly cover the field, and there is, as the translator points out, a natural preference for European writers and some neglect of American authors, which is not due to failure to appreciate the merits of their work. There is also an

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