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February 24, 1923

TREATMENT OF THE MENINGEAL FORM OF ACUTE ENCEPHALITIS WITH ANTIMENINGOCOCCIC SERUM

JAMA. 1923;80(8):528. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640350010004
Abstract

Apropos of the recent report by Helmholz and Rosenow1 of three cases of acute encephalitis treated with specific serum, it is of interest to record the striking effect of nonspecific serum in a case of acute encephalitis of the meningeal form.

REPORT OF CASE  A schoolboy, aged 15, was a good scholar, but always nervous and inclined to be "twitchy." He was well until the night of Nov. 28, 1921, when there was slight fever and digestive disturbance, which was not taken seriously. No physician was called until the morning of Nov. 30, 1921, when he was observed by Dr. F. R. Lyman of Hastings, N. Y., who suspected meningitis. At 6 p. m. on the same day, when I saw him, the temperature was 102, the pulse 84, and the respiration 18. He was clear mentally, seemed cheerful and was fairly comfortable. There had been repeated vomiting for

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