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January 15, 1968


JAMA. 1968;203(3):219-220. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140030051012

Infectious mononucleosis (IM), though it has been known previously by other names, was considered to be a curiosity when Sprunt and Evans first coined the name almost 50 years ago. During the past 25 years its recorded incidence has increased mightily, and today it is really a common disease. To those physicians charged with the responsibility of student health, it has even become a top cause of infirmary admissions. At the annual meetings of the American College Health Association, special sessions have been usually set aside to deal with "mono problems," and this past year, the Association saw fit to sponsor the First International Symposium on Infectious Mononucleosis. Considering the usual manner in which this infection is supposed to be transmitted among college students, "mono problems" are not confined to matters of diagnosis and treatment, but to others—of a more social nature.

Over the years this common infection has defied