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July 18, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(3):207-208. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670030049023

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Levaditi on Epidemic Encephalitis  Dr. Levaditi of the Pasteur Institute of Paris has given several popular lectures at the French Institute of Madrid on what he calls neuro-ectodermal diseases. These include rabies, infantile paralysis and epidemic encephalitis. Most of those in the audience were women. As usual in Madrid, few physicians attended. The first lecture on poliomyelitis was introductory to the second, epidemic encephalitis.Epidemic encephalitis, he asserted, has caused 1,500 deaths in Paris and 10,000 in the whole of France. It is caused, as poliomyelitis, by a filtrable and invisible virus. Following the method used in poliomyelitis and other diseases produced by invisible viruses, encephalitis has been studied through the fixation of the virus in experimental animals. In the first study made in the Pasteur Institute, with the virus from the brains of Vienna patients, the disease could not be reproduced in the monkey. After trying other animals, the

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