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November 30, 1935

LYMPHOCYTIC MENINGITIS

JAMA. 1935;105(22):1792-1793. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760480062024

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Considerable interest has been shown by medical writers in the syndrome variously called aseptic, idiopathic, epidemic and acute lymphocytic meningitis. It was first clearly described by Wallgren (Acta. pœdiat.4:158, 1925) and subsequently it formed the subject of a comprehensive article in the American literature by Viets and Watts (The Journal, Nov. 16, 1929, p. 1553).At about this time I encountered a case with many similar characteristics at the Boston Psychopathic Hospital. This patient showing cerebral symptoms of an organic nature was found to have the typical signs and blood picture of infectious mononucleosis, commonly known as "glandular fever." Because of the uniqueness of the condition, the case was reported in detail under the title "Involvement of the Central Nervous System in a Case of Glandular Fever" (New England J. Med.205:1238 [Dec. 24] 1931). Simultaneously there appeared a similar report in the Scandinavian

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