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September 2, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(10):795-796. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740350053026

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, July 22, page 272, appeared an interesting article by Drs. Alan Brown and Nelles Silverthorne, in which they report a case of meningococcic meningitis in a 22 day old infant. The diagnosis was correctly made within twenty-four hours and, with the institution of early treatment, a complete recovery was made within fifteen days. In their introductory remarks the authors say that "very few cases reported in the literature at this age have been found" and also that "the youngest patient in whom the condition has been reported is the present one." Although the first statement is in accord with the opinion of all those who have written on the subject, the second one lacks in exactness. In making a review of the literature for a paper on "Meningitis in the New-Born and in Early Infancy," now in preparation, I came across a few

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