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December 2, 1922

MENINGITIS OF OTITIC ORIGIN: A STATISTICAL STUDY BASED ON SIXTY-THREE CASES WHICH WERE OBSERVED AT COOK COUNTY HOSPITAL DURING THE DECADE FROM 1911 TO 1920, INCLUSIVE

JAMA. 1922;79(23):1924-1927. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640230034010
Abstract

This report is the result of a careful investigation of all the case records of meningitis and of the otitic infections in which meningitis occurred as a complication, in order to determine the number of cases of meningitis of otitic origin that were observed in ten years, from 1911 to 1920, inclusive, at Cook County Hospital.

From a study of these cases, I was able to compile the records of sixty-three cases of otitic meningitis which include (1) all of the cases in which the diagnosis of suppurative meningitis could be made, based on the clinical symptomatology and laboratory findings, in which purulent middle ear disease or some of its complications were present and no other cause for the meningitis could be found, and (2) the cases which came to necropsy which showed diffuse purulent leptomeningitis, in association with middle ear suppuration or its complications.

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