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November 11, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(20):1575. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740450049021

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Outbreak of Epidemic Encephalitis  Since the epidemic of 1924, encephalitis has appeared sporadically. Since last June, however, it has again been increasing in the central parts of Japan, and suddenly it broke out in the Rin-kiu Islands in the east China Sea near Formosa. From June to the end of July, sixty-eight cases were found, with twenty-five deaths. Of 298 patients in other districts, 161 died. The total deaths were 220 out of 427 cases throughout the country. The Japan Science Promotion Association has formed a commission to study the cause of the epidemic. Professor Inada of the Tokyo Imperial University medical department has been appointed chairman. The commission is divided into eleven sections, each section having as its leader a well known specialist. Two groups have already been sent to places where the disease is raging. As this epidemic threatens to spread all over the country, the police and

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