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September 21, 1918


Author Affiliations

(Toronto) Major, R. A. M. C.; Associate Professor of Hygiene, and Director, Connaught and Antitoxin Laboratories, University of Toronto; in Charge of No. 39 Mobile Laboratory. B. E. F., FRANCE

JAMA. 1918;71(12):969-970. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020380005003

There have recently appeared three communications dealing with the subject of meningococcus and pneumococcus infection of the meninges in persons in which the primary infecting micro-organism was the meningococcus. The first two, by Netter and Salanier,1 placed on record a series of cases observed in children. Mathers2 has also described a case which he observed in an infant. The relative frequency of this condition is not as yet precisely determined, though it is believed to occur in about 5 per cent. of cases.3 That it may occur more commonly than is at present supposed is possible, judging from recent work. In a series of twelve cases of meningitis (cerebrospinal fever) the pneumococcus as well as the meningococcus was found in three cases.

From such a limited number of cases it is impossible to draw any conclusions; but it is hoped that as a result of this publication