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December 2, 1939

Epidemic Encephalitis: Etiology, Epidemiology, Treatment

JAMA. 1939;113(23):2087. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800480073037

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This is a complete contribution on epidemic encephalitis. It is the third report of the Matheson Commission and comprises etiology, epidemiology and treatment. It consists of five chapters: (1) the work of the commission; (2) summary of investigation on etiology of encephalitis due to epidemic, St. Louis type, Japanese B, equine encephalomyelitis, postvaccinal and postinfectious, hemorrhagic and australian X-disease; (3) various allied diseases such as louping ill, lymphocytic choriomeningitis and the Guillain-Barré syndrome; (4) summary of the treatment of encephalitis with a description of about forty-eight methods of treatment; (5) epidemiology of epidemic encephalitis, St. Louis and Japanese B types of encephalitis. There is a comprehensive bibliography of about 3,510 papers on encephalitis. There is an excellent index. This book is recommended to all medical men as well as to bacteriologists, neurologists and pathologists.

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