The literature on epidemic meningitis in infancy is meager. Studies of meningitis in early infancy with reviews of the literature have been made by Barron, 1 Root, 2 and Cooke and Bell, 3 and an interesting case of epidemic meningitis has been recently reported by Sturtevant.4 In view of the undoubted fact that a considerable number of cases are never reported, it does not seem important to make a very careful study of the literature with an attempt to collect the number of cases.
It appears to be a general belief that all forms of meningitis are rare in early infancy. Barron 1 writes, "Although meningitis is a disease quite common in childhood, it is one that is extremely rare during the early months of infancy." Sturtevant 4 states: "Meningococcus meningitis is an extremely rare disease in early infancy." Similar statements are made by Root2 and by Cooke
NEAL JB, JACKSON HW. EPIDEMIC MENINGITIS IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF LIFE. JAMA. 1927;88(17):1299–1300. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680430001001
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