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April 29, 1961

ECHO Meningitis

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Health Officer Village of Winnetka, Ill.

JAMA. 1961;176(4):391. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040170137033

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To the Editor:—  I am impelled to comment on the exchange in Questions and Answers, Nov. 26, 1960, page 1762, on ECHO meningitis. The extent to which the answer was not responsive can be emphasized by rephrasing the question. I think the question is as follows:A. Given a good physician who (1) establishes diagnosis precisely (ECHO 9 infection) and (2) knows medicine's limitations in virus prophylaxis therapy (there is no ECHO 9 infection phophylaxis treatment now); andB. Given co-workers who are poorly educated in health matters (coaches) and questionably competent in administration related to health (principal)C. What can be done?"M.D., Pennsylvania," would have been better served if the answer had been something like this:A. Your diagnostic precision and therapeutic knowledge are commendable by present standards of finest medical practice.B. Your principal should have his confidence in the professional competence of his school physician reaffirmed.

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