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March 7, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(10):765. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310360027002

Beginning the latter part of November, 1904, and continuing until March, 1905, there prevailed among the patients and employés at the Northern Indiana Hospital for Insane an extraordinary epidemic of glandular fever (synonyms: acute cervical adenitis, Drüsenfieber; fievre ganglionnaire). This epidemic was extraordinary, not only because of the large number of people affected (150), but also because of the age of the victims. All authorities agree that this is essentially a disease of infancy and childhood, but all of the 150 cases treated in this hospital occurred in adults.

This disease was first described by E. Pfeiffer, in 1889, although cases had been noted and incompletely studied some years before.

J. Park West, of Bellaire, Ohio, reported an epidemic of 96 cases, all occurring in children, and J. R. Clemens1 reports 16 cases occurring in a boys' orphan asylum, and there have appeared, from time to time, reports of

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